Ben Butler

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Ben Butler
Personal information
Full name Albert Victor Butler
Date of death 13 May 1916(1916-05-13)
Place of death Military hospital
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Queens Park Rangers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Albert Victor "Ben" Butler (died 13 May 1916, age 29[1]) was a professional footballer for Reading and Queens Park Rangers.[1]

He served in World War I for the 17th (Service) Battalion Middlesex Regiment, also known as the First Footballers' Battalion.[1] On 3 May 1916 his right leg was badly wounded by shelling at Cite Calonne. He died as a result, ten days later, leaving a widow, Kate.[1]

Butler's will, in which he leaves everything to Kate, survives and is in the archives of Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lee, Matt (2013-08-29). "World War I soldier wills digitised for online archive". BBC Online. Retrieved 29 August 2013.