Other names: Edwin Thomas
Locations in this story: Amesbury, WiltshirePorton, WiltshireEbbesbourne Wake, WiltshireRashcliffe, Yorkshire West Riding France & FlandersIlkley, Yorkshire West RidingWharfedale, Yorkshire West RidingPimperne, Dorset
Story: Edwin Thomas Butcher was born in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on 17 Jun 1891 and baptised at the Chapel at Porton, Wiltshire, on 25 Jul 1891 the son of William Butcher and Adelaide Butcher (nee Fletcher). He spent his early years in and around Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, until by 1911 the family had moved to Pimperne, Dorset. Edwin had married Elizabeth Ann Haigh at Rashcliffe Parish Church, Rashcliffe, Yorkshire West Riding, on 31 Aug 1918. The wedding record shows he was a soldier at the time. The only likely military record is of an Edwin Butcher serving in the Grenadier Guards as a Guardsman (Service No. 14999) who served in France and Flanders from 6 Oct 1914 and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Grange, Grange Road, Ilkley, Yorkshire West Riding, working as a Water Inspector for the Urban District Council as well as being a Volunteer Firewatcher. His death was recorded at the Wharfedale, Yorkshire West Riding, Registry during 1961.