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11468 Lance Serjeant Henry Ball Butland


Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916


Born in Exeter,Devon in 1878.

His parents were William Johnson Butland (1844-1881) and Mary Wood Thomas(1847-1912). They were married on 07/12/1864.

Henry had 3 brothers; Charles Johnson

(1866-1947),William John(1877-05/02/1958) and Frederick(1879-1964). He also had 3 sisters;

Kate Amelia Wood(1867-1927), Mary Louisa(1870-1936) and Florence Mary Dorothy(1875-1964). 

In the 1881 census the family were recorded as living at 53 Sidwell Street in Exeter, Devon. Henrys father was employed as a chemist and druggist. 

In the 1891 census, Henrys mother who had been a widow nearly 10 years is recorded as living off her own means and the family were now living at

8 Ebrington Road,St Thomas,Exeter,Devon.

There is a record of a Henry Butland becoming an apprentice in the merchant navy in the port of Barry,Wales on 26/10/1892,with his indenture lasting 4 years and being bound to Richard H Holman. There is no evidence to say this is the same Henry Butland,but it would explain how Henry came to enlist in the army in Cardiff. 

His disembarkation into France was on 16/12/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,the British 1914-1918 War and Allied Victory medals.

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