Captain John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler

King's Royal Rifle Corps
Attached Pioneer Company, Gold Coast

20 December 1888 at Berkeley, Glos.

5 September 1916 near Matombo, German East Africa.

Where he fell on Kikirunga Hill, Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania.
Plot 111, Row C, Grave 43.

February 1907.


For most conspicuous bravery in the Cameroons, West Africa. On the 17th November 1914, with a party of thirteen men, he went into the thick bush and at once attacked the enemy, in strength about one hundred, including several Europeans, defeated them and captured their machine gun and many loads of ammunition. On the 27th December 1914, when on patrol duty with a few men, he swam the Ekaw River, which was held by the enemy, alone and in the face of 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.

Gazetted: 23 August 1915.

Investiture: 24 August 1915.

Other Decorations: DSO.

Other Medals: : 1914/15 Star, WM, VM (MID).

Location of Medals: RGJ Museum.

Son of Lieut-Colonel F.J.P. Butler, of Wyck Hill, Gloucestershire, and his wife, the late Honourable Elspeth Fitzhardinge, daughter of the 2nd Lord Gifford. He was educated at Wellington (Mr Kempthorne's House) and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, where he gained the Military History Prize. He was given a commission in the King's Royal Rifle Corps in February 1907, and was promoted Lieutenant in August 1909. He served in India till 1913, when he was seconded for service with the Gold Coast Regt., in West Africa. He served in the European War in the Togoland and Cameroons Expeditions and during the latter, in 1914, gained the Victoria Cross. Lieut Butler had been promoted to Captain in March 1915. Capt Butler was several times mentioned in Despatches, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette 5 June 1916). He proceeded to South Africa with the Gold Coast Regt in July 1916, and died of wounds on 5 September 1916.

1.  Headstone.
2.  Cirencester War Memorial.
3.  Candlesticks at St Lawrence's Church, Bourton-on-the-Water,

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