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Name Rupert Percy Butler
Date/Place of Birth 14 Sep 1893 / Railway Station, Ely, Cambs
Parents' Names Harry Butler; Hannah Maria Lord (nee Wright)
Father's Occupation/Location Inspector G.E.R; Ely, Cambs
Father's Death/Incapacity Accident
Admitted to AO 17 Nov 1899 (Aged 6)
Admission No 5376
Left OWS&AO 17 Dec 1907 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Clerk; 53 Rutland Road, Ilford, Essex
Enlistment Location Warley, Essex
Service/Rank/Number Army; Private; 12033
Battalion/Regiment 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Killed/Death 3 Jul 1916 (Aged 22)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Ovillers Millitary Cemetery
Memorial Reference VII.M.10
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
   
Rupert Percy was born to Harry and Hannah Butler on 14 September 1893 at Ely in Cambridgeshire. His father, a Railway Inspector, was killed in an accident when Rupert was eight months old. Rupert was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage in 1899 when he was six years old and left the Orphan Working School two months after his fourteenth birthday in 1907. The 1911 Census shows Rupert living in Ilford, Essex and working as a Clerk. Rupert volunteered to join the 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment, which was formed at Warley in Essex in September 1914. The Battalion was despatched to France in July 1915 to fight on the Western Front. Private Butler was killed in action on 3 July 1916, the third day of the Battle of the Somme and the day on which 9th Battalion suffered its highest casualties of the war. Private Butlerís body is buried at Ovillers Military Cemetery, near the town of Albert, in France. There are over 3,000 First World War casualties buried or commemorated in the Cemetery. At the time of Private Butlerís death his mother was living at 23 Clinton Road, Forest Gate in London.
   
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