Private George Albert Butters
Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
George Albert Butters was born in the 1st quarter of 1888 in Mitcham, Surrey to police inspector Robert Butters and Annie Isabella Butters nee Clarke, and was baptised on the 3rd of June 1888 at St Peter and St Paul’s church in Mitcham, Surrey. At the time of his baptism the family lived at Railway Cottages and Robert was working as a police inspector.
George’s father Robert was born on the 17th of March 1844 in Fordham, Cambridgeshire to agricultural labourer John Butters, born about 1807 in Fordham and Mary Butters, born about 1807 in Fordham. George’s mother Annie Isabella Clarke was born in the 1st quarter of 1849 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire to hairdresser Jesse Clarke, born about 1821 in Maidwell, Northampton and Betsey Clarke, born about 1823 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Robert Butters joined the Metropolitan Police in October 1865. (1920 Surrey Mirror)
Robert and Annie married, by Banns, on the 30th July of 1870 at Holy Trinity church in Islington. At the time of their marriage the couple lived in Islington and Robert was working as a police constable.
George Albert Butters had seven known siblings: Emma Rhodes born in the 2nd quarter of 1871; Robert William born in the 2nd quarter of 1873 and John Everson born in the 1st quarter of 1876 all in Islington. Frank Henry born in the 2nd quarter of 1879 and Winifred Annie born in the 2nd quarter of 1881 in Kentish Town. Walter Frederick born in the 3rd quarter of 1883 in Croydon, Surrey and Charles Herbert born in the 1st quarter of 1886 in Mitcham, Surrey.
At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 1 Romeo Villas, Mitcham, Surrey. Robert was still working as a Metropolitan Police Inspector and Annie was at home. The household further comprised of their children: barmaid Emma; clerk Robert; clerk John; Frank; Winifred; Walter; Charles and George.
In December 1891 Robert Butters retired with the rank of inspector in Mitcham. (1920 Surrey Mirror)
At the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved along the street to 6 Romeo Villas. Retired Robert and Annie were at home. The household further comprised of their sons: insurance agent John and George and grandsons: William and Vincent.
At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 16 Ravensbury Grove, Mitcham. The household further comprised of a boarder, butcher, Arthur Spicer. The accommodation had five rooms. Annie stated that she had given birth to ten children of whom, seven were still alive.
George Butters enlisted in Kingston on Thames into the 20th Hussars. He was a Private with regimental number 5261. At the time of his enlistment he lived in Mitcham.
He disembarked on the 16th of August 1914 in France.
George Albert Butters died in an action on the 30th of May 1917 in France.
2nd Lieut. Colin K. Davy, the Hussars, wrote: ”Butters and three comrades were sitting in a small shelter, when at 2a.m. on May 31st, a shell exploded within four yards and killed them all; they were buried with full military honours in a small village cemetery about a mile behind the firing line, and they graves literally covered with flowers.” (1917 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser)
George’s body was exhumed and reburied at the Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, France. His grave reference number is: II.F.19. He was identified by the G.R.U. Cross.
George, after several years’ service in the Army, was for 12 months in the West Sussex Constabulary Force, and was called up immediately on the outbreak of war; he was one of the first to proceed to France, and thus had seen nearly 3 years of active service at the front. (1917 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser)
George received the British War and Victory Medals and the 1914 Star.
Mr and Mrs Butters received letters of sympathy from the Superintendent of Police at Petworth, from many other police officers and from numerous friends. (1917 Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser)
George’s father Robert received £7, 2s and 9d on the 20th of July 1917 and a further £16 on the 21st of October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.
In 1917 George Albert’s family lived in Oakdene Road in Brockham.
In 1920 Mr and Mrs Butters celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Robert Butters received from the inhabitants of Mitcham a magnificent clock and a purse of sovereigns. (1920 Surrey Mirror)
In 1920 George Albert’s brother, Robert Butters, was a manager in Dorking for Messrs. Tickner & Co.
Son of Robert Butters and Annie Isabella Butters nee Clarke of Oakdene Road in Brockham
Enlisted Kingston Upon Thames
Regiment 20th Hussars
Date of Death 30th May 1917
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Cemetery Unicorn Cemetery, Vend’Huile, Aisne, France