James William Butler (1882–1928)


Royal Munster Fusiliers 7977 2nd Battalion, B Coy

James was a native of Crich, the son of George and Ann Butler, and brother to George Butler. The family lived at Fritchley. He worked as a clerk for the GPO. In Aug 1914, almost immediately on arrival in France, he was taken as a PoW at Étreux. He was interned for four years, all or part of which was at Limburg, near Frankfurt. After his discharge, he settled at Loughborough and married Sarah Ann Frisby in 1924 and had two daughters. He became postmaster at Mountsorrel, Leics. He died in 1928 at Mount Sorrel

Medal Roll Index Card
Awarded the Victory, British War and 14-Star medals.
Qualifying Date, 13.8.14

PoW Card
Butler James 7977; 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers, B Coy
Taken prisoner 27/8/14, Etreux, Limburg; next of kin Anne Butler, 21 Andrews Ave, Larkslands, Derby
PoW camp Giessen (north of Frankfurt)

Newspaper Reports

Derbyshire Courier, 28 December 1918
Private James Butler came over to Crich last week after having been a prisoner in Germany for over four years. He was attached to the Munster Fusiliers, who were captured in the retreat from Mons, Private Butler says that although the discipline has been very strict he has been treated fairly well and given a certain amount of liberty. He has been employed for a considerable time at a smelting works.

Derbyshire Courier, 1 June 1918
News has been received from Private William Gaunt, South Staffords, that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. Nothing had been received from him since 8 April, and last week the War Office informed his wife, who is now at Nether Heage, that he was missing. A day or so previous to this, however, Private Gaunt’s card stating that he was at Limburg Larhn, had come to hand. His cousin, Private James Butler, of Crich, was interned at the same place; he was taken prisoner in September 1914. Before being called up Private Gaunt was at Cowper Lane Farm, Crich.

James's brother George Butler is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Butler Head 49 Machinist hosiery factory Crich
Ann Butler wife 54   Crich
James W Butler son 18 Cabinet maker Crich
George Butler son 16 Machine minder factory Crich
Thomas E Butler son 15 Brick & pipe maker Crich

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