BUTT, Frederick Claude

Butt, FC1721 Rifleman, 5th Bn., London Regt. (London Rifle Brigade).

Born

September 1896.
Son of George William Butt (Bank Manager, rtd.) and Emily Sarah Butt of St. Peters, Weston-Super-Mare.

Education

Blundell's School, “Petergate”, from September 1910 to July 1914. A member of the school OTC, he attended camp in 1911, 13 and 14.

Service

On 13th July 1915 was gazetted Second Lieutenant RFC from previous service as Lance Corporal in the Surrey Yeomanry. He was taken prisoner of war but was treated kindly by his captors.

Trench Diaries

The 5th Bn. London Rifles were part of 169th Brigade, 56th Division. On the left of the Division’s attack at Gommecourt on the 1st July, they ware driven out of enemy trenches with great loss (23 officers and 803 other ranks). The 89 remaining unwounded men moved to bayencourt on the 2nd July, St. Armand on the 3rd and Foncquevillers on the 6th July. It is most probable that Rifleman Butt was taken prisoner during the action on 1st July.

Death

6th July 1916, aged 20. He died of wounds received on the Somme, whilst he was a prisoner in German hands at Kreys Lazarette at Cateau.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave IV. A. 1
Le Cateau
Le Cateau is a small town 27k east-south-east of Cambrai. The majority of the graves in Plots I, III, IV, and V are those of Commonwealth dead buried by the Germans. Rifleman Butt was buried with full military honours.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
“The Blundellian”, December 1916 p 260
The National Archives, Kew WO 363/B2494. Records lost in 1939/45 conflict when incendiary bomb destroyed storage room.
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5403
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 28/793 or 794
“British battalions on the Somme” WESTLAKE, R. (2004) Pen and Sword

 

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