Memorial Tablet – I died of starvation

From Essex and Herts Observer, 14 December 1918:  RETURNED PRISONER’S DEATH. – Pte. David Button, 23. M.G.C., who had returned to Dunmow, from Germany where he had been a prisoner of war since April, died at his home on Sunday.  His case was hopeless, due to the starvation he had undergone in Germany and the hardships he endured.

David William Button - died of starvation 1918Grave of David William Button, aged 26,
Private in the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
and also of the Essex Regiment,
buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Great Dunmow

WW1 Propaganda Poster - Machine Gun CorpsPropaganda Poster © IWM (1919)

Census 1901 – Parsonage Down, Great Dunmow
Henry Button, head, married, aged 58, occupation bricklayer, born Great Dunmow
Elizabeth Button, wife, married, aged 45, born Great Dunmow
Henry Button, son, aged 11, born Great Dunmow
William Button, son aged 8, born Great Dunmow (assume this is David)

Census 1911 – Parsonage Down, Great Dunmow
William Hoy, aged 78, married 7 yrs, occupation old age pension, born Essex, Dunmow
Elizabeth Hoy, aged 56, married 7 yrs, born Essex, Dunmow
Henry Button, stepson, 20 years, single, butchers man, born Essex, Dunmow
David Button, stepson, 17 years, single, farm labourer, born Essex, Dunmow

From the rural beauty of Great Dunmow’s Parsonage Down to the horrors of the trenches and a Prisoner of War camp in Germany.
Parsonage Down, Great DunmowParsonage Down, 2012
Parsonage Down, Great DunmowParsonage Down, 2012
Parsonage Down, Great DunmowParsonage Down, 2012

Great Dunmow War Memorial - David William ButtonDavid is commemorated on Great Dunmow’s War Memorial.

Their Name Liveth For Evermore

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– War and Remembrance – The Making of a War Memorial
– Great Dunmow’s Roll of Honour

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