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Alexander was born in Wolverhampton on 30 September 1888 (although his middle name was not included on his birth registration), the son of Edward J. and Emily J. Butler. In 1901, he was living with his parents at 38 Cartwright Street, Wolverhampton, along with his siblings Aaron, Florence M., Edward, Jessie E. and John S. In 1910, he married Lavinia Mattox in Wolverhampton, and they had a son, Alexander Cathie, born in 1911. By the 1911 census, the three of them were living at 29 Green Lane, Wolverhampton. Alexander senior was a masseur in a turkish baths. The couple had three more children – Edward G (1912), Emily L. (1914) and Doris M. (1918).

Alexander does not appear to have enlisted for the army during the First World War. However, he did serve as a Special Constable, and survived the war. By 1939, Alexander and his wife were living at 58 Low Hill Crescent, Wolverhampton, and Alexander was now a Head Motor Frame Inspector. Alexander died in Wolverhampton in 1944.