know Maurice Butler or his wife Kay or family?
We have been contacted by Ken Morris, an 86 year-old 2nd World War
Veteran who met Maurice Butler in 1940. They were wounded in action
and met as Prisoners of War in Germany, where they were held captive
for 5 years. They became good friends but have lost touch.
Ken has sent a photo which is displayed
below, along with his letter.
If you can help, please send us an email. Please pass on the message
if you know anyone else who might be able to help.
I am 86, and am trying to trace an old friend who was a POW with me
in 1940 in Germany.
I think he was in Weybridge in the 50/60s His name Maurice Butler,
probably ran a small shop selling papers and tobacco. His wife's
name Kay. They had two sons.
I have attached a photo which I have tried to enhance a
bit as it was a bit tatty. The photo was taken in a POW work camp
E152 in Upper Silesia, now Poland. We were working in a stone
Second from the left, is Maurice Butler. Fourth from the left myself.
It was at this camp we met.
Prior to that, each of us had been wounded and taken to Gent at a
Belgian military hospital under German guard. We never met, and went
separate ways until we reached the work camp. I was wounded on the
27th May 40, and eventually landed up at Stalag V111B Lamsdorf, from
there to the work camp in approx Sept 1941. I arrived home 27th May
We met again, and became firm friends. I was god father to one of
his sons. Maurice was my witness at my marriage at Gent Belgium in
1950. As I stayed in the army and moved about we lost touch.
I retired in 1960, and now live in South Yorkshire and do
not move about much.
I never visited him in Weybridge, but the name Addlestone comes to
mind. I think that one of his sons was named Lawrence Butler.
|I am sorry I cannot remember any address or be of any more help.
Thanks again for replying
Recent picture of Ken Morris
|Outcome: Sadly, we have
now heard from a relative of Maurice Butler that he is
deceased. We would like to thank everyone who helped with