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  • CWGC headstone at Kingsway (Old) Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield. Double headstone for John and his brother A Butler. Photo Carol Malone
Person Details
Belper Derbyshre
John was born in 1882 in Belper and was the son of James a coal miner and Hannah Butler née Flint of 36 Ellis Street, Kirkby in Ashfield His father James was born in 1855 in Belper , his mother Hannah Flint was born in 1857 also in Belper, they were married on 30th August 1875 in Duffield Derbyshire and went on to have 13 children, sadly 4 were to die in infancy or early childhood their surviving children were , Mary b1877 Walter b1879, Martha b1881, John Herbert b1882, Elizabeth b1884, James b1891, Lucy b1893, Amos b1895 and Albert b1899. In the 1911 census the family are living at 36 Ellis Street, Kirkby in Ashfield and are shown as James 56 yrs a coal miner, he is living with his wife Hannah 54 yrs and their children, Amos 15 yrs a pit bank boy and Albert 11 yrs a scholar. Albert was the youngest son of James & Hannah Butler (nee Flint) John married his wife Elizabeth Carr in 1909 he was the father of John W, Eric and Mary Butler. In 1911 the family lived at 50 Pond Street East Kirkby Nottinghamshire.
1911 - Collier Hewer 1914 - Coal Miner, Hewer
24 Sep 1915
2750003 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
John Butler was a time expired regular in 1914. He attested on 17 August 1914 and was sent to the Depot in Derby. On 11 December 1914 he entered theatre (France) and joined the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). A draft of 112 all ranks arrived on 14th when the battalion was based in Estaires. On 7 January 1915 John was sent to 8th General Hospital at Rouen with 'Def' teeth and was admitted. On 10th John was sent to Convalescent camp 'Class B'. on 25 August 1915 he arrived at 8 Infantry base depot, Boulogne and was then transferred to Cinder City as 'P.B.' On 24 September John was in hospital again and this time, 2 General Hospital with Aortic Valvular Disease and put on the hospital ship St Davids for transfer to England. He died at sea the same day. He was buried in his home town - Kingswood Old Cemetery East Kirkby grave A.A.O. 2257. He shares his grave with a younger brother, Pte. Albert Butler, Royal Army Medical Corps, who died on 30th November 1918.
John's personal effects sent to - Mrs Elizabeth Butler 6 Pond Street East Kirkby Notts - 1 disc, 1 belt, 1 shoulder title, 2 Canadian titles, 3 buttons, 1 photo, 1 letter, 1 tin (containing cigarettes). on 29 September 1915 Lichfield paymaster received 12 pennies the property of John. Presumably these were forwarded to Elizabeth. Elizabeth received a pension of 10 shillings and 6 pence for herself and two children (27/3/16) Two of his brother also died in the 'Great War' Amos a stoker served with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Black Prince and was lost at sea when his ship was sunk on 31st May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland. Albert served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, he died on 30th November 1918 and is buried beside his brother John in the Old Kingsway Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield. Article published 1st October 1915 in the Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times :- “SOLDIER'S FUNERAL. – A military funeral took place at East Kirkby on Wednesday, [29th September 1915] when Pte. John Butler, of the Sherwood Foresters, was afforded full military honours. He died on the sea on his way from a French hospital, and the authorities agreed to the request of the relatives that the body should be brought to Kirkby. The procession was headed by the Kirkby Colliery and Kirkby Old Prize bands, members of the local detachment of the British Red Cross also taking part. A firing party was provided by the K.O.Y.L.I. from Clipstone Camp, and the coffin, covered with a Union Jack was also borne by soldiers from the same place. A service was held in St. Thomas's Church, conducted by the Rev. E. C. Hodges, who also read the Commitment service at the graveside.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • CWGC headstone at Kingsway (Old) Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield. Double headstone for John and his brother A Butler. Photo Carol Malone
    John Butler - CWGC headstone at Kingsway (Old) Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield. Double headstone for John and his brother A Butler. Photo Carol Malone