Private 16284 Albert Butler

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Further photographs at bottom of this page.

Died of Wounds on Sunday, 23rd May 1915, age 19.

Buried in Grave M. 149. at Alexandria (Chatby) Military And War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

'W' Company of 4th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 88th Brigade of 29th Division.

Son of John Henry and Elizabeth Butler, of 3, Castle Terrace, Park Estate, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

First landed Balkans, 25th April 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, Park Chapel, and Mission Church memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/108388/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Tudor Street, Tipton, Staffs.
John Henry Butler (39, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (38, born Dudley), and their 7 children: Henry (18, Assistant, born Tipton), Fanny (15, born Tipton), John H. (14, Assistant Furnaceman, born Tipton), Mary Ellen (11, born Tipton), Gertrude (8, born Tipton), Albert (5, born Tipton), Joseph (2, born Tipton), and Harold (3 months, born Tipton).

1911 Census
24 Anderson Road, Tipton, Staffs.
John Henry Butler (49, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (48, born Dudley), and 7 of their 10 children: Mary Ellen Jones (21, Driller, born Tipton), Gertrude (18, Driller, born Tipton), Albert (15, Moulder, born Tipton), Joseph (12, born Tipton), Harold Baden (10, born Tipton), Jarvis (7, born Tipton), and Ernest (4, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Albert Butler worked at Tibbington Steel Mills, Great Bridge before the war, and enlisted with the Worcesters in September 1914. A memorial cross commemorating Albert Butler regularly appears at the annual Remembrance Service in Victoria Park, Tipton.

Albert's brothers Joseph and Jack served with the Royal Field Artillery. Joseph was taken Prisoner of War and held at Reunbahn Prisoner of War Camp in Munster, Germany. The eldest brother Harry (Henry) also enlisted and may have served witht the Rifle Brigade or King's Royal Rifle Corps, as he was described as 'Rifleman'. See a newspaper extract from the Evening Despatch dated 16 Septemebr 1918 at the foot of the page.

After the war in March 1919, a dinner was given by the Express & Star for returned Prisoners of War, at the Wolverhampton Baths Assembly Rooms. A Programme included a list of all Prisoners of War on the roll of the Express and Star and J.B. Dumbell's Comforts Fund and included: BUTLER, J, Pte., Royal Field Artillery, 3, Castle Terrace, Park Estate, Tipton. The programme can be seen at: http://blackcountryhistory.org/collections/getrecord/GB149_DX-707_1/ (link works January 2019)

After Albert's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £1/7/7d (1 pound, 7 shillings and 7 pence); this was paid to his father, John, in October 1915. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Elizabeth, in August 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Albert had enlisted within the 12 months prior to his death.

Action resulting in his death

Albert Butler landed with the 4th Worcesters at Cape Helles, Gallipoli, on 25th April 1915. He died in hospital at Alexandria just 4 weeks later on 23rd May after being evacuated from Gallipoli.

It is likely that Albert was wounded when involved in the second Battle of Krithia between 6th and 11th May when the 4th Worcesters made small gains, but were still some way short of Krithia.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 19th June 1915
The death from wounds received at the Dardanelles is reported of Private Albert Butler, son of Mrs Butler of 3 Castle Terrace, Park Estate, Tipton. The deceased soldier was only 19 years of age, and joined the 4th Worcesters last September. Two of his brothers are also in the colours.
Butler was formerly in the employ of Messrs. Lewis's Tibbington Steel Mills, New Rd, Great Bridge. He was a scholar at the Park United Methodist Church, and a Boy Scout connected with the Coneygree Church Mission. In a brief letter sent to his mother on May 1st, Private Butler said that he had been in the firing line seven days, and all he wanted was some cigarettes.

Tipton Herald 10th July 1915
In reference to the death of Private Albert Butler (of 3 Castle Terrace, Park Estate, Tipton) who was killed on May 23rd while fighting for his country with the Mediterranean Forces at the Dardanelles. A Memorial Service was held on Sunday last at the Park United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. J. Goodyear, which was attended by many friends and relatives. The deceased young soldier, who was only 19 years of age, joined the Worcestershire Regiment on September 7th 1914, and was sent to the Dardanelles in April last. He was a Boy Scout at the Coneygree Church Mission, and was last employed at the Tibbington Steel Works, New Road, Great Bridge. The deceased's eldest brother is now fighting in France, together with an Uncle; another brother in training at Basingstoke, and expects to go on active service very shortly.

Tipton Herald 27th May 1916
In Memoriam
BUTLER. In loving memory Private Albert Butler (aged 19) of 3 Castle Terrace, Tipton, who died of wounds received in action, May 23rd 1915. Silently mourned by mother, father, sisters and brothers. His duty done.

Tipton Herald 26th May 1917
In Memoriam
BUTLER. In loving memory of our dear son Private Albert Butler, Worcestershire Regiment, who died of wounds received at the Dardanelles, May 23rd 1915 aged 19 years. Sadly mourned by father, mother, sisters, brothers. Also by brothers Harry and Jack in France.

Evening Despatch 16th September 1918
Gunner Joseph Butler, posted missing on 27 May, has written to his parents at 3 Castle Terrace, Park Estate, Tipton, to say he is a prisoner at Reunbahn (Editor: likely to be Rennbahn), Munster. A brother, Albert Butler, died of wounds at Alexandria, after serving with the Worcesters. Gunner Jack Butler, R.F.A., has served over three years. Another brother, Rifleman Harry Butler, has been on active service since June 1915.

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Memorial Card and Newspaper Cutting, courtesy Claire Hughes.