Butler, Lynden Albert

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Lynden Albert Butler
12 July 1895 – 15 November 1938
Place of birth London, Ontario
Place of death Sudbury, Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1913-1919
Awards MM
Lynden Albert Bultler (12 July 1895 - 15 November 1938) was a Canadian soldier who served in the Great War as a member of 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company.

Personal Life

Lynden was born at London Ontario on 12 July 1895. His parents were Walter H Butler and Sophia Younginger. He may have had one full brother, one full sister and two half-brothers and two half-sisters from his fathers first marriage.[1]

His occupation prior to the war is listed as electrician.


Lynden listed one years previous service with the 26th Regiment Canadian Militia and one month with the Canadian Signal Corps when he attested for service at Valcartier on 23 September 1914. He proceeded overseas with 1st Canadian Divisional Signal Company and arrived on the Western Front on 15 February 1915. He served with No.3 Section from 31st July 1915 supporting the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. Butler was appointed to Lance Corporal on 22nd January 1916, but was then deprived of his stripe on 4th June 1917 as a result of drunkenness when on active service.

During the Third Battle of Ypres when in action on 15 August 1917 during the attack on Hill 70, Lynden was wounded in action and awarded the Military Medal.[2] He was severely wounded to his right shoulder during the action of 15 August 1917 and was admitted to 18 General Hospital at Camiers the next day. He returned to the unit on 21 September after his recovery.

Lynden was posted to England on 29th March 1919, he returned to Canada on 5th May 1919 and was discharged on 16th May 1919.

Military Medal

The awarding of his Military Medal was announced in the London Gazette of 16 November 1917.[2] His recommendation for the Military Medal, related to the Battle of Hill 70, read:

For conspicuous gallantry on Aug 15th 1917. He maintained communication with a forward O.P. which was continually under intense enemy fire. The wires were at times totally destroyed but he immediately laid new ones. His pluck and determination was splendid. He was seriously wounded.

After Service

He appears to have married Dora Lethbridge Wallis at Chatam, Ontario on 30 November 1923[3] but contradictory, his death certificate records his wife as Lucille.[4]

He died as a result of coronary thrombosis on 15 November 1938.[4]

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References and Notes

  1. Non-referenced information from Ancestry.ca.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The London Gazette, Supplement 30389. 16 November, 1917. Page 11975.
  3. Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 651
  4. 4.0 4.1 Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1938 (MS 935, reel 612). Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.