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Pvt Raymond Charles Butler
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Birth: Apr. 8, 1898
Death: Feb. 5, 1918

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Raymond Charles Butler of New Richmond, Wisconsin, was in 1918 a Private with the 6th Battalion, 20th Engineers, Headquarters Detachment, US Army.

Headed overseas on Jan. 24, 1918, he was killed in action when the Transport SS Tuscania was torpedoed on Feb. 5, 1918 by the German submarine, UB-77. On the last leg of its trip, the Tuscania had just turned south into the North Channel enroute to Liverpool; within sight of the coasts of both Ireland and Scotland, the men aboard no doubt thought the worst of their journey behind them.

Private Butler had contracted measles aboard the Tuscania and, while still bed-ridden, was placed in one of the lifeboats.

He was the son of Charles E. Butler (b. 1851 NC; d. 1925) and Lillian E. Johnson (b. 1859 WI; d. 1952) and the brother of Mary B. Butler, b. April 8, 1897 in New Richmond.

As noted, he died Feb. 5, 1918 at sea, off the coast of Scotland.

First buried in Kilnaughton, Islay Island on Feb. 9, 1918 he was re-interred here on October 20, 1920.

Other victims of the Tuscania sinking -- those whose graves have been posted -- may be accessed at this virtual cemetery.

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Photos and newpaper accounts (public domain) courtesy of Barbara Oestreich.

Family links: 
  Charles E Butler (1851 - 1925)
  Lillie Johnson Butler (1861 - 1952)
  Baby Butler (1896 - 1896)*
  Raymond Charles Butler (1898 - 1918)
*Calculated relationship
New Richmond Cemetery
New Richmond
St. Croix County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: Ken Barnes
Record added: Aug 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55703547
Pvt Raymond Charles Butler
Added by: Ken Barnes
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In God's loving care...
- Mairbair57
 Added: Feb. 8, 2015
Freedom is not free - many soldiers, including you, have given their lives to defend it. It is with gratitude for that freedom that I leave this note for you dear soldier and ask that you rest now in the arms of our Lord.
- Mairbair57
 Added: Feb. 8, 2015
You served our country faithfully. May we always cherish our freedom by honoring your memory. God bless you!
- Darlene T.
 Added: Apr. 17, 2011

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