Friday, 10 July 2015

Butcher, Francis William - Private (29677)

Pte Francis Wm Butcher
2nd Battalion,
South Lancashire Regiment,
Killed in Action 21st October 1916,
Age 24 years,
Commemorated Thiepval Memorial

Newspaper Report:

We have also received information of the death in action in France, on October 21st, of Private F.W. Butcher, of the South Lancashire Regiment.
The deceased, who was 24 years of age, enlisted on April 7th of this year and went out to the front on September 18th.  Great sympathy is felt with the bereaved wife, who resides at 43, Prospect Hill, Haslingden, and with his sister, and mother, the latter being now resident in Canada.
The deceased was a weaver at Messrs. Tomlinson's Plantation Mill. He was closely connected with St. Andrew's Mission Church, where he was an esteemed and useful worker and also a member of the choir. 

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of our dear brother Private F. Butcher, who was killed in action on October 21st 1916, aged 24 years.

"Gone is the face we loved so well,
Silent the voice we longed to hear;
Far, too far from sight or speech,
But not too far our thoughts to reach."

Fondly remembered by all at 11 Booth Street.

"This day brings back the memory,
Of one who was called to rest,
And those who think of him today,
Are those who loved him best."

From his loving Sister and Brother, Lizzie and Will (in France)

"Upright he lived,
Nobly he died - Unafraid.
"We shall meet again."

From his sorrowing Brother, Jess S.B., in France

"His pleasant face and kindly ways,
Are pleasant to recall;
He had a kindly word for each,
And died beloved by all."

From his loving Mother, Brother Fred, Sister Edith, and little Nepews, all n Canada, and Brother in law Tom (serving).

"We often think of the days gone by,
When we were all together;
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
A dear one gone for ever."

From his loving Sister and Brother, Lizzie and Will, Haslingden.

"Upright he lived;
Nobly he died.
- Unafraid,
"We shall meet again."

From his sorrowing Brother, Jess S.B., in France.

"Some day I hope to meet him,
Some day - I know not when - 
To clasp his hand in the Better Land,
Never to part again."

From his loving Wife, Pollie

"Sleep on, dear brother, in a far off land,
In a grave we may never see;
But as long as life and memory last,
We will remember thee."

From Maggie and Annie.

Pte Francis William Butcher census details - Click over census to enlarge