Born: 1893, Ipswich.
Died on or since death presumed: 16th August 1916; age 23; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 265047
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Formerly 990, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pier and Face 1C & 2A,
Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Edwin and Ellen Butcher, of 38, Hervey Street, Ipswich.
1901 165, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.
Edwin was 8 years old and living with his parents & sister.
Edwin Butcher, 34, Jewellery Assistant; born Bluntisham, Hampshire.
Ellen Butcher (nee Shepherd) 34, born Colchester, Essex.
Maude Hannah Butcher, 10, born Ipswich.
1911 38, Hervey Street, Ipswich.
Edwin was 18 years old and was an Apprentice Tailor & Cutter. He was living with his parents & sister.
Edwin, 44, Jewellers Shop Assistant.
Maude, 20, a Drapers Assistant.
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion:
Taking two weeks rest behind the line in the Somme at Mericourt, the 2nd Battalion the Suffolk Regiment moved up near Maltz Farm, souh west to Trones Wood. The trenches were packed with troops for several days in preparation for the attack planed on the 16th August. The French 418th Regiment in co-operation with the British were to attack at 5.30 p.m. A rolling barrage commenced with the Battalions following the trail of destruction, on the left heavy machine gun fire checked the attack leading to a standstill, but on the right 250 yards were taken of the Cochrane Alley, where several Germans were captured. The Battalion returned to the original positions later that night.