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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Albert Butler in Kingsway Old Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield. Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
Kirkby in Ashfield
Albert Butler was born in 1899 in Kirkby and was the youngest 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 who is living with his wife Hannah 54 yrs and their children, Amos 15 yrs a pit bank boy and Albert 11 yrs a scholar.
30 Nov 1918
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Kirkby in Ashfield
Private
Royal Army Medical Corps
Private Albert Butler enlisted on 7th September 1914 and served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, lying about his age (he was 15 yrs of age). He was posted to the Royal Army Medical Corps and landed in the Balkans on 7th August 1915 and within 10 days was wounded, a gun shot wound to his chest at Sulva Bay on 17th August 1915. He was treated for his wounds and returned to England where his true age was discovered and he was discharged on 17th November 1915 at Aldershot under Kings Regulations 392 (making a misstatement as to age) his age at this time being 16 yrs and 91 days. His discharge address was 36 Ellis Street. East Kirkby. He died on 30th November 1918 and he is buried in Kingsway Old Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield along with older brother John.
Misstating his age, Albert enlisted just after his 15th birthday. On active service in Gallipoli, he received two gunshot wounds, one bullet passing straight through the right side of his chest, the second being surgically removed after he complained of ‘breathlessness and chest pain a few days later’ He was 16 years old. It was then his true age was discovered & he was discharged. (Information courtesy of Julie Roberts) The ex-miner shares his grave in Kingsway Old Cemetery, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, with his brother, Pte. John Butler, 1st Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, who died aboard the H.M. Hospital Ship St. David on 24th September 1915. 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.” Two of his brothers also died in the 'Great War' Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Amos, 1st Class Stoker Royal Navy, was serving in HMS Black Prince when she was sunk during the battle of Jutland on 31st May 1918. He had previously served in the Royal Field Artillery (28 August 1914-16 February 1915). John, Private 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters, died on 24th September 1915 of an aortic valvular disease whilst returning to England onboard the Hospital Ship St David. He is buried alongside his brother Albert in Old Kingsway Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield.
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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Albert Butler in Kingsway Old Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield. Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Albert Butler - Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Albert Butler in Kingsway Old Cemetery, Kirkby in Ashfield. Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings