Photograph courtesy of Mrs. S. Blowers
Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury Newspaper.
Born: 1890, Ipswich.
Died: 28th April 1917; age 27; KiA.
Residence: 14, Samuel Road, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 43433.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 11th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War.
Pas de Calais,
1891 2, Samuel Road, Ipswich.
Alan was a year old and living with his parents & siblings
Robert Butcher, 27, a Bricklayer, born Ipswich
Alice Butcher (nee Griss), 27, born Ipswich.
Bertie Butcher, 8, born Ipswich.
Dorothy Alice Butcher, 11, born Ipswich.
1901 22, Samuel Road, Ipswich
Alan was 11 years of age and living with his parents & siblings
Robert, 37, a Bricklayer.
Bertie, 18, a Bricklayer.
1911 14, Samuel Road, Ipswich.
Alan was 21 years old and a Cabinet Maker for a furniture shop. He was living with his parents & twin sister.
Robert, 47, a Bricklayer – own account.
Alice, 21, a Milliners Assistant.
Soldiers’ Effects to Robert Butcher – father.
Alan is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, and on his parents headstone at Ipswich Old Cemetery.
11th Battalion at 4:27 a.m the 11th formed the left battalion of the 101st Brigade, attacked the chemical works north of Roeux and immediately south of the railway. It was soon held up, and then driven back by intense machine gun fire from a trench which appeared to have been missed by our barrage , but a few men actually got right through and into a quarry to the east of the works, coming back in the evening with two or three prisoners. At 9:45 a.m. the enemy counter attacked from the direction of Roeux, capturing Mount Pleasant wood and part of Ceylon trench.
At ten o’clock that night the battalion was withdrawn from the front support line trench 30th April under cover of darkness the battalion moved back to camp. The enemy having successfully resisted the Attack on Roeux with over 300 casualties to the 11th Battalion.
Suffolk Regiment, 11th Battalion: