Butler, Henry

Inscriptions

Name recorded on Highfield War MemorialBitterne War Memorial and Southampton Cenotaph
His name was also found in the Highfield School headteachers log listed as an old boy, lost during World War 1. See Highfield School Roll of Honour.

Other Information

Birth registered for Henry Butler, Apr-Jun 1897, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 67.

In the 1901 census, Henry was shown living at 8 Thackery Road, Portswood, with his parents Henry (b.1871, Bishops Waltham) and Elizabeth (b.1875, North Stoneham). His father was a journeyman bricklayer.

According to his service records, Henry Butler, aged 18, of 48 Highcrown Street, Highfield, joined the Royal Garrison Artillery at Southampton in April 1916 having enlisted in February 1916. Information in his enlistment documents show that he was 6ft 4 inches tall, a bricklayer, unmarried, his religion was Church of England and his father Henry was his next of kin.

He served with the 139th Heavy Battery as a Gunner (number 73437). On 3rd November 1916 he left Southampton with the 174th Heavy Battery, landing at Le Havre on the 5th. On the 8th he joined the 176th Heavy Battery in the field. He was wounded during the German Spring Offensive and died of his wounds on 5th April 1918.

He is buried in GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row J. Grave 17. 
Source: Commonwealth Graves Commission

Following his death, his father requested his personal effects and they were forwarded in August 1918. His personal items were listed as including letters, photos, cards, metal watch & chain, 2 pipes, metal cigarette case, religious books, diary and wallet.
Military documents from 1919, show his living relatives to be his father Henry, mother Elizabeth, 3 brothers; Albert (17), William (15) and Percy (5), 2 sisters; Emma (11) and Elsie (9), and grandmother Jane Marsh, a widow living at the Good Intent, Pound Street, Shirley, Southampton.

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