A family has hit a dead end when trying to learn about their ancestor’s service in World War Two.
Arthur Alonso Burns was brought to the attention of the Chronicle during the Holgate Heroes research, as he was briefly confused with fellow veteran and Holgate pupil Aaron Burns.
While not actually featured on the board now on display at Shaw Lane Sports Club – Arthur survived the war unlike those recorded – the man has quite the tragic and fascinating story of his own, dug up by his niece and granddaughter.
Gillian Wright, Arthur’s niece, told the Chronicle: “My research started quite some time ago.
“My cousin, his daughter, moved to America and ended up coming back three or four years ago with some photos and medals of his.
“Unfortunately she passed not long after, but I tried to carry on researching with her daughter, Amanda Innes.”
A bomber in Squadron 139, Arthur was a valiant hero being Mentioned in Despatches twice throughout his service.
Surviving the war, he returned home but sadly passed away from leukaemia shortly after on September 21, 1951.
“I did know him, I’ve actually got a picture of me with him,” Gillian added.
“He died when I was seven so I don’t remember much – it is tragic though, he must’ve been a nice man.
“Me and Amanda paid for some research to be done with the National Archive but they didn’t bring much back – it was a real disappointment.”
Gillian and Amanda still have plenty of questions left unanswered about their relative’s service, including the reason he got Mentioned in Dispatches.
Research has come to a halt however, with both unsure how to carry on from here.
Amanda added: “I had really hoped that we would have been able to find out why he was Mentioned in Dispatches – maybe I just haven’t contacted the right service.”
The family are seeking any advice or information on the subject, which can be sent to us on messenger.