The son of Charles Elbridge and Maggie (Eaton) Burden, Henry John Burden first saw action in the trenches of France. After almost a year with the 75th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in April 1917. Flying the S.E.5a with 56 Squadron in France, he shot down five Fokker D.VIIs on 10 August 1918. Two days later he shot down three more. Burden was William Bishop's brother-in-law. Later became an architect and died in hospital after an illness of several months. He was 64.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Henry John Burden (Can.
This officer took a prominent part in a most successful low bombing attack on an aerodrome. He obtained a direct hit on the objective allotted to him. He further set fire to three enemy machines on the ground with machine-gun fire. On the return journey he attacked a canal boat. In each case flying at a very low altitude. A gallant and able patrol leader, who has destroyed three enemy aeroplanes and driven one down out of control, in addition to the three destroyed on the ground.
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Henry John Burden, D.F.C. (Can. Forestry C.).
Since joining his Squadron in February this Officer has accounted for seventeen enemy machines—twelve crashed, two driven down, out of control and three destroyed in flames on the ground during an attack on an aerodrome. On the morning of the 10th August he led his patrol in three attacks and himself destroyed three enemy machines. In the evening of the same day he destroyed two more. Two days later he attacked a large number of Fokkers, seven of which were destroyed, accounting for three himself. In this encounter Captain Burden led his patrol with exceptional skill and daring.