Hannah Elizabeth Burton & Willie Rhodes


Willie Rhodes

Hannah Elizabeth Burton, born in 1884 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, thrice removed and daughter of Thomas Burton and Sarah Milsom.

In 1905, in Rotherham, Hannah married Willie Rhodes and together, they issued six children.

Willie was a casualty of the Gallipoli Campaign of World War One and below are newspaper entries published after his death.

Hannah married again, in 1918, in Rotherham, to Curtis Mellows and together, they issued six children.

Hannah passed away in 1958 in Rotherham.


News has been received of the death of Private Willie Rhodes (York and Lancaster Regiment), of 5, Truro place, Rotherham, who is reported to have been killed in action on September 24th. Working at the Rotherham Main Colliery up to enlistment in May 1915, he served with his battalion in Gallipoli and was an officer’s servant.


York & Lancaster Regiment

RHODES. – In ever loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Willie Rhodes (York and Lancs.), killed in action Sept. 24, 1916.

How little I thought when I said goodbye,
We parted for ever and you were to die,
Oh! the grief that we feel words never can tell,
For we could not be with you to bid you farewell.

Sleep on, dear husband, in a hero’s grave,
A grave I may never see,
But as long as life and memory lasts
We will remember thee.

– From his sorrowing Wife and Children.

RHODES. – In ever loving memory of Private Willie Rhodes (York and Lancs. Regt.), killed in action Sept. 24, 1916.

For many years the family chain
Was closely linked together,
But oh! the chain is broken now,
One link has gone for ever.

Hard, hard was the blow that compelled us to part
From the loved one so dear to our hearts;
But the love that we bore him shall dwell in our hearts,
Till we meet him again in the realms of the blest.

– From his loving Mother, Brothers, Sisters, Nephews and Nieces.


Francis Burton & Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman

All Saints' Church (Minster), Rotherham - 10.03.14 (2)

All Saints’ Church

Francis Burton, born in 1881 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, thrice removed and son of Thomas Burton and Sarah Milsom.

In 1906, in All Saints’ Church, Rotherham, Francis married Sarah Ann Hudson Sturman. Together, Francis and Sarah issued four children, who were called, Francis (1906 to 1970), Leonard Ernest (1908 to 1994), Edith (1911 to 2002) and Elizabeth (1915 to 2002).



I found Francis and Sarah’s grave in 2005 in Moorgate Cemetery, Rotherham. It had been well cared for (presumably by their daughters until their deaths) but is now quite rapidly, and literally, falling apart.


BURTON. – On Sunday, February 18th, 1951, Francis (Skater) Burton, beloved husband of Sarah Ann, of 63, Wellgate, passed away, aged 69 years. Interred, Moorgate Cemetery, Wednesday, February 21st.

Rest after weariness.


Moorgate Hospital

Mrs. S. A. Burton and family thank Dr. J. C. Hallinan for his kind attention, staff of Moorgate General Hospital, relatives and friends for sympathy and floral tributes; and grateful thanks to Annie and Percy for their wonderful help at all times; also thanks to Rev. Worthington and Mr. T. Thackery for excellent funeral arrangements.



Francis & Sarah’s grave

The death occurred last Sunday of Mr. Francis (“Skater”) Burton, of 63, Wellgate, Rotherham. He was 69.

A native of Rotherham, Mr. Burton was employed as a miner for about 30 years at the Rotherham Main Colliery, and then at the Rotherham Gas Works for about 13 years.


BURTON. – At Moorgate General Hospital, Sarah Ann, dearly loved wife of the late Francis and a loving mother and grandma, and sister of Laura, passes peacefully away May 19th, aged 75 years. Interment Moorgate, 2 p.m., Saturday.