Butlin Brothers Reunited


This photograph has been kindly donated by Mr A. Clarke, Salisbury. Mr Clarke has spent some time cycling around to various churches in Salisbury and photographing their First World War memorials. Whilst visiting St. Lawrence church, Stratford-sub-Castle, he came across a touching tribute. After at least 80 years apart, re-united in memoriam, Charles and James Butlin:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Ref. No. 90
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Ref. No. 90

Transcription:

56987 SAPPER

CHARLES R. BUTLIN

ROYAL ENGINEERS

16TH MARCH 1915 AGE 20

 

ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF

JAMES WHEELER BUTLIN

21ST JANUARY 1995 AGE 107

 

Additional information found:

The ‘R’ in Charles R. Butlin stands for Reginald, and he and James were sons of George and Ellen Butlin, of Sandridge, St. Albans, Herts. Charles was a member of the 108th Field Company, and was stationed at Sutton Veny when he died of Cerebro Spinal Fever at the Isolation Hospital, Stratford-sub-Castle.

Salisbury Isolation Hospital at Stratford-sub-castle was built in 1911 and stayed a hospital until 1951. It was situated on The Portway close to Old Sarum Airfield.

James Wheeler Butlin had been a sergeant in the Army Pay Corps during WWI, his regimental number was 2143.

For more details about those buried in the St Lawrence Churchyard, you can visit the parish website here, or (including images of original documents) the Commonwealth War Grave Commission here.

To search for a Commonwealth War Grave click here.

 


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