Acting Corporal Frank Henry Butters

Thanks to Jim Edwards for this research.

Frank Henry Butters was born in 1879 in Kentish Town and was baptised in Camden in June. He married Elizabeth Pearce in Capel in 1902 and in May 1905 they had a son, born in Enfield.

Frank initially volunteered for the Royal Garrison Artillery in October 1914 at Great Yarmouth (Number 47683) but was discharged a fortnight later as “not being likely to become an efficient soldier, osteoarthritis left great toe … rendering him unfit to march”. He rejoined at a later date, presumably when the liability for recall after medical discharge was altered in May 1916; this time (Number M2/078425) he was in the Army Service Corps. He became a Lance Corporal (acting Corporal) in the Mechanical Transport unit attached to 153rd Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Garrison Artillery. He died of wounds on 30th September 1917 and was buried at Locre Hospice Cemetery in Belgium. There is no obvious connection with New Zealand. His widow, Elizabeth, was living in Hatfield.

Born                                 Kentish Town

Husband of                       Elizabeth Pearce

Regiment                          Army Service Corps
Number                             M2/078425

Date of Death                    30th September 1917
Place of Death                   Belgium
Cause of Death                  Died of Wounds

Age                                   38

Cemetery                          Locre Hospice Cemetery

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