Before the First World War Thomas Butterfield worked at the glass works in Mexborough as a glass bottle hand.
On the 1911 census he is listed as living at No 5, Sarah Street in Mexborough with his wife Hannah and his five children. They later moved to 15 Edlington Street, Denaby Main.
He served in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry during the First World War. His army number was 25668.
Thomas survived the War and returned to Denaby Main. His son, Charles Henry, died at the Battle of Bapaume on the 25th March aged 19.
During the War Thomas’ wife Hannah also took custody of her brother’s children whilst he was away at the Front. One of these children, Irene, died aged 4 after contracting tuberculoses in 1918.