CEF Soldier Detail

Trooper Alexander Butler
Died: July 2, 1916

Regimental Number:
541
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Cavalry
Battalion:
Royal Canadian Dragoons
Company:
B Squadron
Place of Birth:
St. Pancras, London
Country:
Next of Kin:
Mrs. Jessie Butler, mother, of 244 Great College Street, London, England
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
June 11, 1888
Trade or Calling:
porter/carman
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 24, 1914
Age at enlistment:
26
Height:
5 Feet 8 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
2 1/2 Inches
Religion:
Wesleyan
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
July 2, 1916
Age at Death:
28
Buried at:
Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot:
IV. M. 5.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1340-48
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
A. B. Godefroy "For Freedom and Honour?"
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Trooper Canadian Cavalry Royal Canadian Dragoons B Squadron
Previous military service of 6 years and 70 days with 7th Hussars; and, 64 days with 3rd Hussars.

On June 8, 1916 while his Regiment was resting in billets behind the front line, near Hesdin, 22 km. west of St. Pol, Trooper Butler picked up his rifle and without warning walked over to Trooper Edward Mickleburgh and fired 5 rounds into killing him instantly.

Tried for Murder on June 24, 1916 and shot by firing squad at 4 a.m. July 2, 1916 at Bussy-les-Daours on the Somme.