William Henry Sutton was a photographer and a prominent officer of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes who died on 24th May 1899.
He was born in Preston in 1846 and married Alice Taylor at St. John's Church Preston in 1866. The family gravestone records that they had a son also named William Henry who was born in 1869.
The Salford Reporter of 3rd June 1899 recorded the funeral of William H Sutton as follows "On Saturday morning (27th May 1899) the remains of the late Brother W. H. Sutton, a prominent officer of the Royal Ante- deluvian Order of Buffaloes and head of the firm W.H.Sutton and Co, Photographers, Sussex Street, Lower Broughton, were interred in Salford Cemetery. The deceased had suffered a long and painful illness which had a fatal termination early last week.
For many years William Sutton worked hard both in Salford and the neighbouring city for the promotion of the interests of the Order in which he took so deep an interest and had passed through every degree of Buffaloism. In recent years he may not have taken so active a part as formerly, still his death is greatly regretted".
The funeral was attended by his widow Alice, children, his brother from Preston and many members of the order who wore their Buffalo regalia and jewels. The religious ceremony by the graveside in plot A11 of the Church of England portion was conducted by Rev. B.G. Clauss. This was followed by an impressive rendering of the Buffalo funeral service conducted by Brother T. Roby Foy. The hymns sung were "Days and Moments" and "My God, My Father". Finally, the brethren cast their floral emblems onto the coffin.