Capt. John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler, VC, DSO

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John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler

Birthplace: Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England UK
Death: September 05, 1916 (27) (from wounds received in action)
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis John Paul Butler and Hon. Elspeth Fitzhardinge Gifford

Occupation: Captain, V.C.
Managed by: Charlene Newport
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About Capt. John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler, VC, DSO

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 05/09/1916
  • Age: 27
  • Regiment/Service: King's Royal Rifle Corps 2nd Bn. attd. Gold Coast Regiment, W.A.F.F.
  • Awards: V C, D S O
  • Grave Reference: III. C. 3.
  • Additional Information: Son of Lt. Col. Francis John Paul Butler and the Hon. Elspeth Butler; husband of Alice Amelia Butler, of Apsley House, Portfield, Chichester.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette dated 23rd Aug., 1915, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery in the Cameroons, West Africa. On 17th November, 1914, with a party of 13 men, he went into the thick bush and at once attacked the enemy, in strength about 100, including several Europeans, defeated them, and captured their machine gun and many loads of ammunition. On 27th December, 1914, when on patrol duty, with a few men, he swam the Ekam River, which was held by the enemy, alone and in the face of a brisk fire, completed his reconnaissance on the further bank, and returned in safety. Two of his men were wounded while he was actually in the water".

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