Albert BUTTERWORTH
Rank: Private
Number: TR4/26039
Unit: 63rd Training Reserve Battalion
Date of Death: 21 March 1917
Age: 18
Cemetery: St Thomas’ Churchyard, Norbury, Hazel Grove

Albert Butterworth and Fanny Sherratt married at St Peter's Church, Macclesfield in the late 1890s. Their first child was a son and they named him after his father. When the Census was taken in 1901, they were living at 11 Hope Street where Albert earned his living working in one of the local silk mills. Fanny had just given birth to another child and Frederick was just 6 days old.

At some point, they moved to Hazel Grove where they worshipped at the United Methodist Church. Albert, the future soldier, furthered his education at the Church's Sunday School and later went to work as a clerk for the London & North Western Railway Ltd at its offices on Mosley Street, Manchester.

Albert joined the army on 17 February 1917, no doubt as a conscript when he became 18. He started his training at Kinmel Camp in North Wales but, in less than a month, he had caught pneumonia and was admitted to Rhyl Hospital. Fanny quickly travelled to Rhyl and was with him when he died. His body was brought back to Stockport for burial on the 24th. It was brought from the station to his parents house on Brewers Green and then to the church, accompanied by a party of soldiers from Handforth Camp. Albert was buried with military honours, the soldiers forming a party which fired three volleys over his grave.

In the early 1920s, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Mr & Mrs Butterworth had moved to live at 35 Sandywell Street, Higher Openshaw, Manchester.

Further information about Albert can be found in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

   
           
   
     
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