25 February 1915 : Pte John Butler 5th Bn The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.

Born Crookham, Berkshire 24 Apirl 1885.

Parents Henry Butler and Abigail (née Stocker) who lived at Sutton Scotney, near Winchester. 

Educated at West Clandon (Currey) Council School. 

For nine years John worked on Lord Rendel’s estate at East Clandon.

He married Ellen Savage 25 April 1907 and they had four children, William, Henry, Edith and Dora. 

He enlisted 16 November 1914.

He died at the London South-Western Fever Hospital, Stockwell of measles and double pneumonia. His children were in turn ages 5, 4, 2 and 2 months.

Pension Ledger of Pte John Butler

Due to ‘unworthy conduct’ the window’s pension was suspend on 7 June 1916’ and that for the four children ‘administered in trust to Mrs E M Bird of Great Bookham Rectory, Surrey’. The pension should not be paid for child born 6 August 1918. The widow’s pension payable to Abigail Butler was reinstated November 1918 

Reverse side of the Pension Ledger for Pte John Butler


Sources: De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, Vol.1; WFA Pension Card on Fold3;