Alfred Stanley Button

Sapper Alfred Stanley Button served in 9th Movement Control Group, Royal Engineers. He died in Belfast on 3rd August 1944 and his wife was from Co. Tyrone.


Alfred Stanley Button


Sapper Alfred Stanley Button (1986286) served in 9th Movement Control Group, Royal Engineers during the Second World War. He was the son of Henry C. Button and M.J. Button of Lewes, East Sussex, England, and the husband of Florence Louisa Button (née Irwin) of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.

In civilian life, Alfred worked as a railway porter at South Coulsdon Station, London, England and Lewes Station, East Sussex, England. He was a recipient of the Boy Scouts’ Gilt Cross for Gallantry. On 27th September 1941, he married Miss Florence Louisa Irwin of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone at St. Anne’s Church, Lewes, East Sussex, England. Florence worked as a nurse, later finding work in the fever department of Larne District Hospital, Larne, Co. Antrim.

At St. Anne’s Church, Lewes, on Saturday, the marriage took place of Mr. Alfred Stanley Button son of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Button of 22 Leicester Road, Lewes, and Miss Florence Louisa Irwin, daughter of the late Mr. George R. Irwin and of Mrs. R.J. Irwin of Glenadush, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland.

The service was conducted by the Rector (the Rev. C.S. Ensell). The bride, who was given away by the bridegroom’s father, wore a powder blue Angora wool two-piece suit with navy blue accessories, and carried a bouquet of pale pink roses with fern.

The bridesmaid was Miss Kathleen Button (bridegroom’s sister). She was attired in a clover and powder blue frock, with hat to match, and navy blue accessories, and had a shoulder spray of pink carnations. Her bracelet was the gift of the bridegroom. Mr. Stanley George Breeds was best man.

A reception was held at the home of the bridegroom’s parents. The honeymoon is being spent in Northern Ireland. The bride will remain in the nursing profession until after the war.

Sapper Button died on 3rd August 1942 aged 27 years old having undergone an operation at a hospital in Belfast.

After having been married for only ten months, Sapper Alfred Button, R.E., of 22 Leicester Road, Lewes, died in Belfast on August 3rd following an operation. The funeral took place on Saturday at St. Anne’s Church, the internment following at Lewes Cemetery. The service was conducted by the Rev. H.A. Edwards.

Sapper Button, who was 27 years old, was married on September 27th 1941 at St. Anne’s Church, Lewes, to Miss F.L. Irwin of Northern Ireland. Before he joined the army at the beginning of the war he was a porter at South Coulsdon Railway Station, having previously worked at Lewes Station.

Sapper Button’s grave is in Section F, Grave 5 of Lewes Cemetery, England. His headstone bears the inscription:

His life was short, his love was great. Loving wife, mum, dad, brothers and sister.

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