Trooper Alexander Butler

Regimental Number:
541
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Cavalry
Battalion:
Royal Canadian Dragoons
Company:
B Squadron
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Enlistment Date:
September 24, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
26
Enlisted at:
Valcartier, Quebec
Address at Enlistment:
Civilian Occupation:
porter/carman
Saw Service in:
Europe
Date of Death:
July 2, 1916
Age at Death:
28
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
Burial:
Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot:
IV. M. 5.
Commemorated:
 
Date of Birth:
June 11, 1888
Next of Kin:
Mrs. Jessie Butler, mother, of 244 Great College Street, London, England
Place of Birth:
St. Pancras, London
Country of Birth:
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Wesleyan
Height:
5 Feet 8 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
2.5 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
   
NAC Reference: ^ra1340-48
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Trooper
Canadian Cavalry
Royal Canadian Dragoons
B Squadron
Awards and Decorations
Notes
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.
Research Notes
A. B. Godefroy "For Freedom and Honour?"