BORN BRAMLEY, LEEDS 1886. ELDEST SON OF WALTER & JANE (MELLOR) BUTTERY, OF 143 NEWLAND AVENUE, HULL. A SUCCESSFUL SPRINTER AND MEMBER OF THE KINGSTON ROWING CLUB AND HULL GYMNASTIC SOCIETY. WORKED FOR THE GOOLE STEAM SHIPPING COMPANY. ENLISTED IN THE ARTIST RIFLES IN 1916. COMMISSIONED INTO THE 5TH EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT, IN MAY 1917. LISTED IN HOLY TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, COTTINGHAM ROAD. A FORMER CLERK FOR THE NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULLDAILY MAIL, ON 28/08/1918. *
Hull Pals Memorial Post. SECOND LIEUTENANT WALTER BUTTERY. Born 7th June 1886 in Leeds, Walter was the eldest of two sons to Walter and Jane Buttery of 143 Newland Avenue, Hull. A Railway and Shipping Clerk before the war, Walter was commissioned into the 5th (Cyclist) Battalion before being transferred to The Pals. He was killed in action on 20th August 1918 as the Allies forced the retreating German Army back by repeatedly attacking them before they could settle into new positions and dig in for the winter. Walter is buried at Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension at Bailleul; he was 32 years old. He was exhumed after the Armistice from Vieux-Berquin Communal Cemetery Extension, where 17 United Kingdom soldiers who lost their lives during August and September 1918 were originally buried. Grim work centralising cemeteries after the war. Not easy to contemplate. A lot of those responsible were civilian volunteers who travelled to France and Flanders to do their bit. What they saw must have given them a taste of what the soldiers had endured, though without the constant terror of the shells and gas and machine guns they would never truly know the worst.
His Obituary appeared in the Hull Daily Mail of Wednesday August 28th 1918