Albert William Botterill was baptised February 6th 1889 in St Oswald’s Church New Bilton, his parents Henry and Mary Ann nee Chamberlain were married in the March qtr. of 1885 in Towcester, he was the second son in the family, the 1891 census has the family living at 1 Avon Cottage with his elder brother Frank who was five years old, by 1901 they had moved to 101 Victoria Street with the family with the addition of Ada 9,Wilfred 6,and Bertha 1,He marries Alice May Turton on the 3rd August 1914,having their first child Albert born in the June quarter 1915,
From reports in the Rugby Advertiser dated 14th November we read the following:
Pte A W Bottrill, 2nd Co. 1st Coldstream Guards, has written to his parents, residing at 94 Bridget Street, Rugby, stating that he is in hospital suffering from rheumatism and a shrapnel bullet wound in the shoulder. He was being transferred to Versailles, near Paris. Pte Bottrill, who is a reservist, was employed in the Turbine Department of the B.T.H, and was called up on August 5th—two days after his marriage. In one of the postcards he has sent home he states that he has heard from some of the Royal Warwicks that his brother Frank, who is a reservist in that regiment, was wounded, but so far the parents have received no confirmation of this.
From the 24th April 1915 issue it was reported that:
Pte Frank Henry Bottrill, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was admitted to Boulogne Hospital on Easter Sunday, suffering from a severe bullet wound in the head, and as the result of an operation he has lost the sight of the left eye. Pte Bottrill who was a reservist, and is married and lives at Wellingborough, is an old St Matthew’s boy. His brother-Pte A W Bottrill, of the Coldstream Guards—was badly wounded on November 2nd, and has never really recovered from the effects of the wound. He has, however, been back to the fighting line ; but the last news that was heard of him was that he was at Havre recuperating, although he expected to be soon drafted back to the trenches.
On the 23 September 1916 it was announced that Lance Corp. A. W. Botterill was wounded.
From the war diary we learn that on the 2nd March 1918, the 2nd battalion Coldstream Guards had been relieved by the 2nd battalion Grenadier Guards and had returned to Arras to billets in Arras prison. They had undertaken training for three days, before marching on the 6th March to the support line relieving the 1st battalion the Irish Guards. On this journey 1 other rank killed and 4 other rank wounded. They remained in support trenches till the 10th March, when the battalion paraded at 7:20pm and relieved the 1st battalion Irish Guards at the front trenches till the 14th March. They were relieved by the 2nd battalion Grenadier Guards and proceeded to Sterling camp arriving about 10:30 pm. From the 15th to the 17th March they were training in Stirling camp and on the 18th March the battalion paraded at 7 pm and marched to relieve the 1st battalion Irish Guards in the support trenches, casualties 1 other rank killed (this would have been A W Botterill) 5 other ranks wounded.
He is buried in Fampoux British Cemetery Pas de Calais it states on his head stone
Private Botterill A.W. service number 7956 aged 29 Husband of Alice May Botterill of Church Cottage, Clifton, Rugby with the following inscription
“FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH YET NOT DEAD TO US WHO LOVED HIM FROM WIFE & SON”
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM