BUTLER, Richard Jefferson R J

King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, attached 2nd Bn. Somerset Light Infantry.
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Eldest son of James and Emily Butler of Batley. 

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Simla States
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In July 1919 Richard was on his way home for the first time since leaving for Mesopotamia when he was recalled due to trouble in Afghanistan. He died in a field ambulance from 'sun heat' in Leo Dakka.

Teesdale Mercury-16/07/1919: Local and other notes: Death from sun heat


In September 1914, while stationed at Melton Mowbray it was reported that Richard had visited Barnard Castle for the weekend. During training he had observed one of the Zeppelin raids on the north east coast. 

In 1917, Richard wrote home from Baghdad describing the 'most instructive details of the famous eastern city, and more especially of the ancient architecture, and of the gold and glitter of oriental decorative splendour'.

While serving as an officer in Mesopotamia he was shot through the right knee and hospitalised in India for some time. Richard was honoured with admission to membership of The Order of the British Empire for his services.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission records him as having served through the Mesopotamian Campaign with 4th Bn.Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Awarded the Order of the British Empire for action to relieve the situation of General Townsend.

Teesdale Mercury-26/05/1915: Local and other notes: Commission secured

Teesdale Mercury-08/09/1915: Local and other notes: Visting Barnard Castle

Teesdale Mercury-20/10/1915: Local and other notes: Visiting town

Teesdale Mercury-19/04/1916: Local and other notes: Wounded in action

Teesdale Mercury-29/08/1917: Local and other notes: Descriptive letter from Baghdad

Teesdale Mercury-19/03/1919: News item: Barnard Castle Bank Clerk Officer Honoured


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