Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died on or since death presumed: 26th September 1917; age 20; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 200412
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Formerly 2047, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Panel 40 to 41 & 162 to 162A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles & Edith Butler, of 30, Unity Street, Ipswich.
1901 147, Spring Road, Ipswich.
Charles 3 years old and living with his parents & sister.
Charles Johnson Butler, 29, a Labourer – Ship Yard, born Ipswich.
Edith Annie Butler (nee Garnham), born Ipswich.
Edith Lily J. Butler, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 30, Unity Street, Ipswich.
Charles was 13 years old, an Office Boy – Plough Works. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Charles, 39, a Master Mariner.
Harriet Ellen J. Butler, 8, born Ipswich.
Bertie Johnson Butler, 6, born Ipswich.
Frederick Arthur J. Butler, 3, born Ipswich.
Charles is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.
The Battle of Polygon Wood took place during the second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres in World War I and was fought near Ypres in Belgium 26 September – 3 October 1917, in the area from the Mennin Road to Polygon Wood and thence north, to the area beyond St Julien. Much of the woodland had been destroyed by the huge quantity of shellfire from both sides since 16 July and the area had changed hands several times
The British had 15,375 casualties; 1,215 being killed. German official historians recorded 13,500 casualties from 21–30 September
The 4th Australian Division suffered 1,717 casualties and the 5th Australian Division had 5,471 dead and wounded from 26–28 September.
26th September 1917
In the area of Bellegoed farm near Reningheltst the 4th Battalion taking up positions in the support trenches under heavy shelling from the 23rd– 25th September waited as the Germans attacked the frontline trenches gaining a foothold repelling counter attacks from the British. On the afternoon of the 25th the 2nd Argyll and Sunderland Highlanders and “B” company 4th Suffolk’s under intense shell fire recaptured the frontline battered trench sustaining many casualties.
Just after midnight the Battalion took up an attacking line between Glencorse wood to FitzClarence farm, collecting “B” company. The moon had gone into the clouds and the shelling increased with mist rising, the visibility became worse with the troops unable get to their positions in time for the attack. By 05:45 the order for advance given, men were ordered to link hands so not to get separated in the darkness. The advance came under a heavy barrage, despite the poor terrain the attack made some progress capturing two machine guns and 15 prisoners and all of the planned objectives were taken by the division. By the evening of the 27th the Battalion had returned to Bellegoed farm having sustained 265 casualties.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion: