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William Boynton Butler

  • Birth 20 Nov 1894 Armley, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Death 25 Mar 1972 Leeds, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Burial Hunslet, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
  • Plot New Section 3, Plot 48.
  • Memorial ID 10044767

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in he served as a Private in the 17th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, British Army. At Lempire, France, August 6, 1917, while in the trenches which were being heavily shelled, Private Butler picked up a un-exploded shell and jumped to the entrance of the emplacement. At that moment a party of infantry were passing, he shouted to them to hurry past and turning round, placed himself between the party of men and the live shell till they were out of danger. He then threw the shell and took cover in the bottom the trench, the shell exploded leaving his hand, greatly damaging the trench. For most prestigious bravery, he was awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on December 5, 1917.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10044767
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Boynton Butler (20 Nov 1894–25 Mar 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10044767, citing Hunslet Cemetery, Hunslet, Metropolitan Borough of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .