Photograph courtesy of Paul.

Registered at birth – HERBERT HARRISON BUTTON.


Born: 23rd March 1874, Laxfield, Suffolk.

Died: 6th March 1902; age: 27; Died from Wounds at Harrismith, Free State, South Africa.

Herbert had been dangerously wounded in the abdomen, on the 23rd February 1902.

Enlistment Date: 2nd May 1889.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 3746.

Regiment: Royal Highlanders, Black Watch, 2nd Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Distinguished Conduct Medal + Paardeberg, Dreifontein, Wittebergen & Cape Colony + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.




1881   Laxfield, Suffolk.


Herbert was 7 years old and living with his parents & brothers. The family surname was Button.

John Harrison Button, 39, a Sergeant – 73 Regiment – on a furlough, born Laxfield.

Eliza Harrison Button (nee Plant), 41, born Laxfield.

John Harrison Button, 12, born Laxfield.

Arthur Edward Harrison Button, 9, born Laxfield.


On the 4th December 1895, at Kinnoull, Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, 21 year old, Herbert, a Corporal of the Black Watch, of Queen’s Barracks, married 20 year old, Margaret Watson Emslie, a Housemaid, of 81, Main Street, Kinnoull, Perth, born November 1875, Fossoway and Tulliebole, Perthshire, Scotland.

They had 2 children:

Margaret Eliza Harrison, September 1896, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.

Herbert John Harrison, born October 1898, Louise Margaret Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Margaret Harrison – widow, and invested for Margaret E. Harrison & Herbert J. Harrison – children.


Highland News – Saturday, 26th April 1902 – DEATH OF A WELL-KNOWN SOLDIER Sergeant Herbert Harrison (3746), 2nd Royal Highlanders, has died at Harrismith as the result of wounds he had sustained. Deceased was 26 years years of age, born and brought up in Perth, and was a nephew of the late Colour-Sergeant Button, who took an interest in him while a boy. At the age of 14 he enlisted as a bugler, and only a few years ago he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.



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