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1986286   Sapper Alfred Stanley Button
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/01/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9 Movement Control Group, Royal Engineers (British Army)
Died: 03/08/1942 (Home)
Age: 27
Summary      
Alfred Stanley Button was the son of Henry and M J Button. He was born about 1915 in Sussex. Prior to joining the Army at the beginning of the war, Alfred was a porter on the railways. Alfred Button served with the Royal Engineers in World War Two. Sapper Alfred Button was serving with the 9 Movement Control Group when he died on 3rd August 1942 in hospital in Belfast.
Further Information
Alfred Stanley Button was the son of Henry and M J Button. Alfred was born about 1915 in Sussex.
Alfred was awarded the Boy Scouts' Gilt Cross for Gallantry.
Prior to joining the Army at the beginning of the war, Alfred was a porter at South Coulsdon Railway Station, having previously worked at Lewes Station.
Alfred Button served with the Royal Engineers in World War Two.
Alfred Button and Florence Irwin (of Northern Ireland) were married on 27th September 1941 at St. Anne's Church, Lewes.
Sapper Alfred Button was serving with the 9 Movement Control Group when he died on 3rd August 1942 in Belfast.
Sapper Alfred Button, whose address was given as 22 Leicester Road, Lewes, died in Belfast on 3rd August following an operation. He was 27 years old.
The funeral took place St. Anne's Church in Lewes. The service was conducted by the Rev H A Edwards.
From the Sussex Express dated Friday 14th August 1942: Lewes Soldier's Death
After having been married for only ten months, Sapper Alfred Button, R.E., of 22, Leicester-road, Lewes, died in Belfast on August 3rd following an operation. The funeral took place on Saturday at St. Anne's Church, the internment following at Lewes Cemetery. The service was conducted by the Rev. H. A. Edwards. Sapper Button, who was 27 years old, was married on September 27th, 1941 at St. Anne's Church, Lewes, to Miss F. L. Irwin of Northern Ireland. Before he joined the Army at the beginning of the war he was a porter at South Coulsdon Railway Station, having previously worked at Lewes Station.
Alfred Stanley Button is buried in Lewes Cemetery, near Brighton in Sussex. His inscription reads: HIS LIFE WAS SHORT HIS LOVE WAS GREAT. LOVING WIFE, MUM, DAD, BROTHERS AND SISTER.
The CWGC record Sapper Alfred Stanley Button as the son of Henry and M J Button of Lewes. He is also rlisted as the husband of Florence Irwin Button, of Dungannon, County Tyrone. It is also noted that he was awarded the Boy Scouts' Gilt Cross for Gallantry.
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1 FindAGrave.com Photo of Sapper Alfred Button's gravestone
2 Forum discussion (ww2 Talk) Photo of Sapper Alfred Button's gravestone
3 Sussex History forum Details of Sapper Alfred Button
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Sapper Alfred Button's gravestone can be purchased here
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