Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Corporal William Lewis Butler, 1st/3rd (County of London) Battalion (Princess Louise’s Kensington Battalion), was killed in action near Fleurbaix in France.
The son of a solicitor, he was educated at Mr. G.R. Burnett’s Preparatory School at Seascale in Cumbria, and at Lancing College in West Sussex. He was living in Hampstead at the outbreak of the Great War, and so enlisted at Kensington in the London Regiment. His battalion sailed for France on the 5th of March in 1915, and a month later entered the front line near Flaurbaix.
On the 18th of April, they relieved the 5th Battalion of the Black Watch in the trenches, and the following day Corporal Butler was killed. He lies buried in the Rue-David Military Cemetery at Fleurbaix, and on his headstone are the words “Thy will be done”.
William, from Barrow-in-Furness, was 22 years old.