Sapper
Alfred Butterworth

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About Alfred

  • Name
    Alfred
  • Initials
    A
  • Surname
    Butterworth
  • Date of Birth
    1888
  • Birth town
    Oldham
  • Resided town
    Oldham
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
    English
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
    12 February 1920
  • Married
  • Occupation
    Tackler, paper tube manufacture

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
    3434/480352
  • Rank
    Sapper
  • Regiment
    Royal Engineers

Biography

On the 1 August 1916, Sapper Alfred Butterworth of the Royal Engineers took refreshments at the station tea room and left an entry in the visitors’ book:

“Alfred Butterworth is my Name
And England is My Nation
Oldham is My Dwelling Place
And Christ is my Salvation
When I am Dead and in my Grave
And all my Bones are Rotten
You will find upon my Stone
That I am not Forgotten”

We have not found a service record but we think we have identified the correct person in Alfred Butterworth from Oldham, born in 1888.

Alfred was the son of William and Mary Butterworth, the family were living at 33 Manchester Road, Rochdale in 1911.  William was a plumber at the corporation waterworks, Alfred was a tackler with a paper tube manufacturer and his three younger sisters were all cotton spinning workers.

Nothing is known of his war service but he died in February 1920 aged 31; 14 months after the end of the war and was given a Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone.  This indicates that he died of wounds sustained in battle but we cannot identify any details of the cause.

He wrote in our book ‘When I am dead and in my grave and all my bones are rotten, you will find upon my stone that I am not forgotten’. We remember him here.

Please get in touch if you can tell us more.

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