Lieutenant Walter Bell Burns was an officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born on 4 July 1893, in Rosario, Argentina, the son of Scottish banker Alexander and Herminia Burns (née Bell), of Montevideo, Uruguay.[1] The younger Burns was educated in Britain, at Stratheden House School; University College School; and Willis. He returned to Argentina before the war, where he found employment in commerce.[2]

Burns volunteered soon after the outbreak of war. He received his training with the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps before being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, The King's Shropshire Light Infantry  Burns went to the Western Front in June 1916, on attachment to the 1/4th Gloucestershire Regiment, and was killed on 9 October 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres.[2]

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Tyne Cot Memorial.


  1. Baptisms celebrated at St Andrew's Presbyterian City Church, Buenos Aires, Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Times (41618), Col C, p. 9: "Fallen Officers". 25 October 1917.


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