Sunday, June 3, 2012

Button, Alfred

died 21 August 1911 aged 82 years
buried Linwood Cemetery, block 15 plot 141

At the age of 82 years, another old veteran passed away at Lyttelton on Saturday in the person of Mr Alfred Button.

Deceased, who was born at Maidstone. in Kent, joined the Navy and served through the Crimean war. He gained the Baltic, Crimean, and Turkish medals, and was also the holder of the Sebastopol clasp, he having taken part in the siege of that place.

In 1875 Mr Button, with his family, left England for New Zealand and landed at Auckland, where he was engaged for some years in dairy farming at Mount Albert and Mangere. He sold out and came to Lyttelton, where he was appointed signalman at the Sumner road signal station for the Lyttelton Harbour Board.

This was a congenial employment for the old navy man, and he held the post for many years, retiring about six years ago on account of old age. He leaves two sons and three daughters, his wife having died, about five years ago.
Press, Volume LXVII, Issue 14181, 23 October 1911, Page 7

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