25th August 1915

Private Sidney Butler, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who died at sea on 25th August 1915 is commemorated on the war memorial at St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street.

He was born in Kenilworth, Warwickshire to parents Thomas and Hannah (also recorded in records as Annie), who married in 1885. Sidney seems to have been the eldest of eight children who survived infancy out of the 12 children born to the couple.

Parents, Thomas and Hannah, were recorded in Kenilworth on the 1911 census with seven of their eight children: Theresa (16); Jesse (14); Winnie (12); Bertie (13); Nellie (9); Edward (7); and Ethel (3). Sidney was not with them, and doesn’t seem to have been in the Salter Street area. It is possible that he moved to the area between 1911 and his enlistment in the Army.

Sidney is listed on the Kenilworth War Memorial, but we don’t know his connection with Salter Street. If you have any further information, please let us know.

Heritage & Local Studies Librarian
tel.: 0121 704 6934
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk


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