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26187   Lance Corporal William Percy Butler
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 08/05/1896
Died: 24/04/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 20
Summary      
William Percy Butler was the eldest son of William John and Georgina Butler. William Percy was born in Moy, County Tyrone on 8th May 1896. By 1901 the family had moved to Kingstown. William was employed as a Clerk in the Dublin branch of the Bank of Ireland. William enlisted in February 1916. and served during the Rising in Dublin. He was sent with the Expeditionary Force to France and Flanders in August 1916. Lance Corporal William Percy Butler died at No. 19 Casualty Clearing Station on 24th April 1917 from wounds received in action at Gavrelle, France. He was just two weeks short of his 21st birthday.
Lance Corporal William Percy Butler
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William Percy Butler was the eldest son of William John and Georgina Butler. William Percy was born in Moy, County Tyrone on 8th May 1896. William John Butler, was an assistant librarian at Trinity College, Dublin.
The 1901 census record the family living in Kingstown. William Percy Butler is 4 years old. His father's occupation is give as 'Clerk in Library T.C.D. M.A.T.C.D.'
Family: William John Butler, Georgina Butler, Meta Letitia Mary Butler (born about 1893), William Percy Butler (born May 1896), Robert O'Neill Butler (born about 1899)
The 1901 census shows the family living at house 36 in York Road, Kingstown, Dublin. William Percy was 14 years old and still at school.
William Butler was educated at Corrig School. Kingstown.
William was employed as a Clerk in the Dublin branch of the Bank of Ireland.
William P Butler enlisted 19th Feb. 1916.
Lance Corporal Butler served during the Rising in Dublin He was sent with the Expeditionary Force to France and Flanders in August 1916.
His lieutenant reported: ďA portion of a shell struck your son on 23 April, while he was in charge of a Lewis gun in the trenches, the piece entering the back of the right shoulder apparently injuring the lung. He was conscious to the time of leaving the trenches, and did not admit suffering excessive pain. Your son was a thoroughly reliable soldier, in whom his officers had every confidence, and his loss is much felt by his comrades in the battalion, amongst whom he was so popular."
Lance Corporal William Percy Butler died at No. 19 Casualty Clearing Station on 24th April 1917 from wounds received in action at Gavrelle, France. He was just two weeks short of his 21st birthday.
The CWGC records Lance Corporal Butler as the son of William John Butler, M.A., T.C.D., and Georgina Butler, of 36, York Rd., Kingstown, Co. Dublin.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Moy Town Moy Born in Moy town. 54.449732 -6.699872
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1 1901 Census lists Butler family Lists William Percy as age 4 living with the family at house 1 in Royal Terrace East, Kingstown, Dublin
2 1911 Census lists Butler family Lists Wm Percy as age 14 living with the family at house 36 in York Road, Kingstown, Dublin
3 Dublin Fusiliers website Details of William Percy Butler
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of William Percy Butler's gravestone can be purchased here
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