Private Sidney Butler
Name: BUTLER, SIDNEY
Nationality: United Kingdom
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Date of Death: 19/07/1916
Service No: 202028
Additional information: Son of Harry and Sarah Annie Butler, of Oxford Rd., Kidlington, Oxon.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 83 to 85.
Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL
Name: Sidney Butler
Birth Place: Kidlington, Oxon
Death Date: 19 Jul 1916
Enlistment Location: Kidlington, Oxon
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Is Sidney related to the Butlers below?
Ernest James Butler was born in Oxford in c.1895, the son of James Butler (born in Kidlington in c.1872/3) and his wife Emily Jakeman Bryan (born in Headington on 11 October 1869 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 28 November 1869; she was the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Bryan, who obtained an order of affiliation against George Jakeman on 22 January 1870).
Ernest’s parents were married in Kidlington on 4 June 1892 and had three children:
* Percival Butler (born in Kidlington in the last quarter of 1893)
* Ernest James Butler (born in Oxford in the last quarter of 1895)
* Sidney Butler (born in Oxford in the first quarter of 1900).
Ernest’s father was a cattle man on a farm in Kidlington until at least 1901.
By 1911, Ernest’s father was employed as a builder’s carter, and the family was living at 73 St Mary’s Road in East Oxford. Ernest (15) was then working as a page boy in a refreshment department. At some point between 1911 and 1916 the family moved up to Headington, where they lived at 59 Windmill road in Quarry parish.
Poppy In the First World War Butler served as a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment (Service No. 10868), and was killed in action in Mesopotamia (Iraq) at the age of 20 on 9 April 1916. He was buried in the Amara War Cemetery (XVI. K. 12). He is listed on the stone plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, and the words: “And of Ernest James, son of the above killed in action in Mesopotamia April 9th 1916. Aged 20 years” were added to his parents’ gravestone.
After the War
Butler’s parents continued to live at 59 Windmill Road. His father James died there at the age of 53 and was buried at Holy Trinity churchyard on 26 March 1921.
In 1922 Ernest’s widowed mother Emily Butler opened a grocer’s shop in her house, which continued to be listed at 59 Windmill Road in Kelly’s Directory right up until 1954. She died aged 84 on 24 January that year, and was buried with her husband.