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Surname: BUTLER

Forename(s): George

Place of Birth: Bordley, Yorkshire

Service No: L/24492

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Horse Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 'D' Battery 14th Brigade

Division: ---

Age: 30

Date of Death: 1917-04-14

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: B. 7.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

George Butler was the son of William Duckett and Margaret Butler, née Gardner. William was born at Manchester and Margaret at Thistleton, Lancashire. Margaret died in 1897.

1891 Bordley, Yorkshire Census: Bordley Hall - George Butler, aged 3 years, born Rylstone, Yorkshire, son of William Duckett and Margaret Butler.

1901 Freckleton, Lancashire Census: Higher House - George Butler, aged 13 years, born Bordley, Yorkshire, son of William D. and [stepson of] Elizabeth Butler. [William had married Elizabeth Sanderson in 1900.]

George was married to Sarah Lee in 1910. Sarah married John Hargreaves in 1920.

1911 Freckleton, Lancashire Census: Higher House Cottage - George Butler, aged 23 years, born Bordley, Yorkshire, husband of Sarah Butler.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Sjt George Butler, L/24492, R.F.A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Sgt George Butler, L/24492, R.F.A. Dead 14.4.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Sgt George Butler, L/24492, D/14 Bty attached 14 Bde R.H.A. Date and Place of Death: 14.4.17. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Sarah. £4 2s. 1d. Widow - Sarah. Sister Elizabeth (Grantees). £8 4s. 1d. War Gratuity: Widow and Executrix - Sarah. £11 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for George. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Sarah, born 26.10.83. Address: Height Farm, Fence, Nr Burnley. Children: Wm. Herbert, born 27.3.12. Claimant: Sarah Hargreaves. Relationship to Man: Guardian of child.

Photograph: 'Burnley Express' (19 May 1917).

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Sergeant George BUTLER

Sergeant George BUTLER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Horse Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Horse Artillery

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Surname: BUTLER

Forename(s): George

Born: Shipton [sic], Yorks


Enlisted: Preston, Lancs

Number: L/24492

Rank: Sergt

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery



Died Date: 08/08/17 [sic]

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: BUTLER

Forename(s): George

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 24492

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery

Unit: "D" Bty. 14th Bde.

Age: 30


Died Date: 14/04/1917

Additional Information: Son of William Duckett Butler and Margaret Butler; husband of Sarah Hargreaves (formerly Butler), of 30, Preston Rd., Freckleton, Kirkham, Lancs. Born at Bordley Hall, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: IN REMEMBRANCE)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


BUTLER William Duckett of Higher House Farm Freckleton near Kirkham Lancashire farmer died 24 July 1911 at Preston Lancashire Probate Lancaster 23 August to Elizabeth Butler widow George Butler farm labourer and George Butler Sharp poultry farmer. Effects £2084 3s.


BUTLER George of 30 Woodlands-road Ansdell Lytham Lancashire sergeant R.F.A. died 14 April 1917 in France on active service Probate London 21 July to Sarah Butler widow and Elizabeth Butler spinster. Effects £266 18s. 4d.

‘Preston Guardian’ (19 May1917)


Sergeant George Butler,(30) R.F.A., eldest son of the late Mr. Wm. Duckett Butler, Higher House, Freckleton, was killed in action on April 24th. Sergeant Butler, who leaves a widow and one child, was, prior to leaving for the Army, in business as a greengrocer and poulterer at Fairhaven. Formerly he had been a Sunday School teacher at Kirkham Congregational School. He is interred in a British Military Cemetery a few miles east of Arras. During his service in the Artillery, Sergeant Butler declined a commission, preferring to stay with his men.

‘Burnley Express’ (19 May 1917)


The death of Sergt. George Butler, R.F.A., has come with a great shock to all his friends. He was 30 years of age, and leaves a widow and one little boy. He married the eldest daughter of Mr. R.W. Lee, then of Raker House Farm, Freckleton, and now of Height Farm, Fence. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. William D. Butler, of Higher House, Freckleton, who was well known as one of the best and most progressive farmers in the Fylde district, a man well know and widely respected, and a deacon of the Kirkham Congregational Church. His son, the sergeant, was a member of the same church and one of its Sunday school teachers. Sergt. Butler at the outbreak of war had a fruit and poultry business at Ansdell, and was doing well.

To him the war came with a call to duty, and he enlisted in May, 1915, joining the R.F.A. When on leave from the front last December, he said, “I have never regretted joining the Army; I felt it my duty.” He had refused the offer of a commission. Lieut. Scott writes to Mrs. Butler: “To my very great sorrow I have to inform you that your husband was killed in action to-day, 14/4/17. He was struck on the head by a splinter. Death was instantaneous. No doubt you have read how successful our attack has been here. It is to the steadfast courage and energy of such men as your husband that we owe the victory. He was a tiger for work, and though I know how keenly he was attached to his loved ones at home, duty was always the feature of his life. I have been his section commander since he joined. From the start he impressed everyone by his self-sacrificing disposition, his hard work, and his cheerfulness under the most trying conditions. He was indeed–and I say this in all sincerity after 22 months of intimate association with your husband–a noble Christian soldier. We shall all miss him, but I especially. His sub-section was always the best in the battery. He was a splendid fellow, and everyone liked him, and I, who knew his worth so well, had grown to love him. We laid him to rest, a chaplain conducting the service, in a British Military Cemetery 2½ miles east of Arras.”




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