Ted Burton M.B.E.

It is with great regret that Buxton Mountain Rescue Team announces the death of Honorary Team Member, Ted Burton M.B.E.

Ted was the team’s leader from 1975 to 1989, a period which saw great changes and developments in mountain rescue.  It was during this time that Buxton team became the only team in the Country to also be a division of St John Ambulance.  In 1977 the team established its first independent base after negotiations with Dove Holes Quarry secured the free use of an old stone barn.  A program of modernisation was started to renew both equipment and vehicles.  Ted’s leadership period has been recognised as the start of the modern rescue team we see today.

After standing down from Team Leadership Ted became a Regional Incident Controller and also Team President for a short time.  In the 1999 New Year’s Honours List, Ted was made a Member of the British Empire for his services to mountain rescue in the Peak District.

Ted died in Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport on Sunday 20th March after a short illness.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday 6th April at 12.30 at Chapel-en-le-Frith Methodist Church after which there will be a short private service for family members at Macclesfield Crematorium.

Ted’s wife Eve would welcome all Ted’s friends and acquaintances to later join her and the family at Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club for light refreshments.

Flowers from relatives only please but donations in memory would be welcomed payable to either the, “Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation”  or  “Soldiers, Sailors Airmen and Families Association.”

Funeral Directors:  Tidewells of Dove Holes.


  1. Andy Taylor

    So sad to hear the news. Ted was one of my earliest colleagues as a Controller, and a great support. He was one of the great personalities of the PDMRO along with Doc Peter Andrew and Ken Drabble and others – and always stuck to his guns in the robust discussions of that era. Sadly missed, and all my sympathy to Eve.

  2. Graham and Joan Cooper

    We are very saddened to hear of Ted’s passing. We remember him with affection. He gave great strength to the team and was a brilliant figurehead. During our time with the team, personally, we always found him to be a warm, understanding and supportive person. RIP

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