VIII.2767. Dr. Burton Maltby (Military Cross), b. July 7, 1885, (Edward B.7, Wm.6, Wm.5, Wm.4, Jos.3, Dan.2, Wm.1). Mar. Oct. 21, 1913, Inez Marens. Res. Liberty, Mo. A Deacon of the Christian Church.
"He served as medical officer to the 67th Gordon Highlanders of the 51st Division of the British Army in the World War and was awarded the British Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action."
Burton Maltby was graduated from the Liberty, Mo., high school, then attended William Jewell Coll., at Liberty, Mo., for two years, then for four years studied at the University Medical College at Kansas City, Mo., graduating in 1908. He has done post-graduate work in Harvard Medical College, Boston, Mass., and at the New York Post Graduate Coll- ege, N.Y. City, also in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland.
During the World War Dr. Maltby applied for a commission in the Medical Reserve Corps and was appointed 1st. lieutenant and called into service about 30 days after receiving his commission.
He reported for duty in Washington, D.C., Mar. 25, 1918, sailed from New York in April, 1918, for England. He and several hundred other American doctors were lent to the British Government and received their training in the English camps. He went to France in August, 1918, and served as medical officer to the 67th Gordon Highlanders, of the famous 51th Division of the British Army.
Dr. Maltby was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action and this Cross was presented to him by King George V, at Buckingham Palace, London, April 12, 1919. Queen Mary was present at the inves- ture. He was promoted to a Captaincy and after being demobilized in Scotland, he was ordered to sail for Marseilles, France, and thence to New York.
He was the first commander of the American Legion, Robert Baker Post, in Liberty, Mo., and again in 1934. He was a Knight Templar Mason and member of the Ararat Shrine in Kansas City, also a member of the I.O.O.F. He was a member of the Liberty Board of School Directors and was president of the board for the year 1933-4.
"Citation of Dr. Burton Maltby" "General Headquarters American Expeditionary Forces. Maltby, Burton. Lieut. M. C. (Name) (Rank) Attd. 6/7th Bn-Gordon Hdrs (T. F.) (Organization)
"The award of the Military Cross by the British Government to you having been approved by the Commander in Chief, you are authorized to accept and wear such decoration.
The award was made for the following services rendered.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operation north of Avesnes-Le-Sec, on 13 Oct. 1918 when the building, which he used as a Dressing Station, became full of casualties, he continued to dress the wounded in the open under heavy shell fire. He afterward proceeded over the ground of the advance and attended to men who could not be moved on account of the heavy machine gun fire.
By Command of General Pershing. Chief of Staff. Official Robert D. Davis Adjutant General.