Roll of Honour

Private William Charles Butler

Private Butler
Linked to: Launton

Service Number: 5373

Regiment: Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (2nd/4th)

Conflict: World War One

Date of Death: 21st July 1916

Age at Death: 27

Burial/Memorial Location: Laventie Military Cemetery, Nord, France

Son of George Butler, of West End, Launton.

"The Rev. A.R. Tucker (chaplain to the 2/4 O.B.L.I.), wrote to Mr and Mrs George Butler, of West-end, Launton, at the end of last week, as follows: – “I regret to inform you that your son, Pte. W.C. Butler, was killed in action on July 21st, and I buried him to-day in a cemetery for British troops. A cross will be erected over his grave.” Pte. Butler was a single man, 26 years of age, and had many friends in Launton. He joined the Oxfords in November, and had been in France about two months when he met his untimely end. The official announcement has not been received, But other Launton men have written home to the effect that Pte. Butler has been killed. He has another brother at the front." Bicester Herald 04/08/1916

"Judging by a letter Received by his mother, from an officer, it appears that Private William Butler, of Launton, O.B.L.I., whom we included in our last week’s list of dead heroes, was shot in the back while on sentry, and died instantly." Bicester Herald 11/08/1916