Private Charles Butler

Charles Butler © Surrey Mirror

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Charles Butler Birth Registration Transcription ©

Charles Butler was born in the 3rd quarter of 1885 in Brockham, Surrey to labourer and lime burner Charles and Susannah Butler nee Fuller.

Charles’ father Charles Butler Snr was born in the 3rd quarter of 1863 in Hurst, Berkshire to agricultural labourer James Butler, born about 1829 in Wokingham, Berkshire and Eliza Butler, born about 1831 in Wokingham, Berkshire. His mother, Susannah Fuller was born about 1862 in Bromley by Bow, Middlesex to lime burner and labourer David Fuller, born about 1828 and Sarah A. Fuller born about 1832 both in Dorking. Charles Butler Snr and Susannah Fuller married, by Banns, on the 3rd of May 1884 at St Martin’s church in Dorking, where they lived. At this time, Charles was working as a labourer.

Charles Butler Jnr had six known siblings: David, born about 1887; Annie, born about 1890; James, born about 1891; George, born about 1897 and Sarah, born about 1900, all in Brockham, Surrey and Nellie born about 1906 in Betchworth, Surrey.

Charles Butler 1891 Census ©

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at Brockham Pits, Brockham. Charles Snr was working as a general labourer and Susannah was looking after their children: Charles, David, Annie and James. The household further comprised of a boarder Thomas Marshall.

Charles Butler 1901 Census ©

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family were living at Brockham Lime Works. Charles Snr was working as a lime burner and Susannah was at home. The household further comprised of their children: lime burner Charles, garden boy David, Annie, James, George and Sarah.

Charles Butler 1911 Census ©

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family had moved back to Brockham Pits. Charles Snr was still working as a lime burner and Susannah was at home. The household further comprised of their children: chalk quarry worker Charles Jnr, gardeners David and James, groom George and scholars Sarah and Nellie. The accommodation had three rooms. Eliza stated that she had given birth to eight children of whom seven were still alive.

Charles married Annie Ada Knight on Boxing Day 1914 in the Registration District of Reigate, Surrey.

Annie was born on the 2nd of July 1891 in Redhill, Surrey to labourer William Knight, born about 1865 in Lingfield, Surrey and Eliza Knight, born about 1868 in Edenbridge, Kent. Annie was baptised on the 20th of September 1891 at St John’s church in Redhill. At the time of the baptism the family lived in Redhill. In 1903 was Eliza Knight declared lunatic. At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived in Betchworth.

Charles and Annie had a son Arthur J. Butler born in the 4th quarter of 1913 in the Registration District of Reigate, Surrey.

Charles Butler Jnr enlisted in 1916 in Guildford, Surrey into the Royal West Kent Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number G/15398. At the time of his enlistment Charles lived in Betchworth.

Charles was transferred into the 16th Battalion the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) shortly after arrival in France, just before Christmas 1916. His new regimental number was P.W.5915.

Charles Butler Missing Notice © Surrey Mirror

Charles Butler was killed in an action on or since 31st of May 1917 in France. His body was never found.

Charles Butler Arras Memorial Panel Listing ©

He is commemorated on Bay 7 of the Arras Memorial in France.

Charles Butler Medal Roll Index Card ©
Charles Butler British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll ©

He received the British War and Victory medals.

Charles Butler Soldiers Effects ©

Charles’ wife Annie received £4 and 4d on the 22nd of May 1918 and a further £3 and 10s on the 20th of November 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

In 1917 Annie Ada Butler lived at 1 New Cottages, Brockham Pits, Surrey.

Born                           Brockham
Lived                          Betchworth

Son of                         Charles and Susannah Butler nee Fuller of Brockham
Husband of                 Mrs Annie Ada Butler (nee Knight) of New Cottages, Brockham

Enlisted                       Guildford

Regiment                    16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Number                       PW / 5915

Date of Death              31st May 1917
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              30

Memorial                     Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

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