Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley; Christchurch, Windhill; Nab Wood; Thiepval
Regiment: 1/6 West Yorkshire
Henry ‘Harry’ Butler
In a letter home in June 1915, Henry wrote: ‘I had a narrow escape the other day. While we were in the dug-outs the Germans shelled us. One shell went clean through the place where seven of us were sitting talking, missing us by inches.‘I do not know how it missed killing somebody. Every man in my dug-out got down on his knees and prayed.‘You can hear the shells roaring through the air miles away and then they fall with a crash. They scattered a lot of sleeping apartment with three shells. I cannot tell you what damage they did but you can guess. I thank God I was left alive.’
Harry Butler was the son of John Thomas Butler.John was born 1864 in Shipley. He married Margaret Bland 26 September 1885 in Bradford Cathedral. They had both been living with their families in Otley Road in Bradford. In 1891 they were living at 148 George Street in Shipley with John working as a dyer’s labourer. They had ten children, but three died in infancy.Harry, the fifth of seven children, was born 1896 in Shipley. The family lived in Shipley; in 1891 living at 148 George Street moving to 72 Dale Street around 1905. In 1900 they were at 23 Hanson Street and in 1911 at 19 Henry Street, where they remained throughout the war. In 1911 Harry was working as a dyer’s labourer.
Harry served as a Private in the 1st / 6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s Own West Yorkshire Regiment. He was pronounced missing presumed dead 3 September 1916. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France. Harry is also remembered on the Rolls of Honour at Nab Wood, St Pauls & Windhill Parish Church.Harry had an elder brother, Sam, who also lost his life in the war.Researched and written by Colin Coatesto whom many thanks