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  • The memorial commemorating John Leslie Butler in St Annes church, Worksop. 
Courtesy of Colin Dannatt
Person Details
Daybrook
John was born in 1891, the son of Richard a cigar manufacturer and Susannah Butler née Farr of 15 Church Drive, Daybrook, Nottingham.( He was also a nephew of Sir John Robinson, leading Nottingham businessman and founder of the Home Ales Brewery Company ) His father was born in 1855 in Radcliffe on Trent and his mother Susannah was born in 1857 in Boston, Lincolnshire, they were married in Boston in 1881 and went on to have three children, sadly however one was to died in infancy prior to 1911 , his brother Frank was born in 1883 in Beeston. In the 1911 census the family are living at Church Drive, Daybrook and are shown as :- Richard 56 yrs cigar manufacturer, he is living with his wife Susannah 54 yrs and their son Frank 28 yrs an ale and porter manufacturer , also living at the address is Alice Farr 59 yrs a sister in law to Richard. Unable to trace John Leslie in the 1911 census, he is not living at the family home. His probate however was proven in Nottingham on 5th April 1921, and shows him as John Leslie Butler of Church Drive, Daybrook, Nottingham, Captain H.M. Army died 17th May 1919 in India, and his effects of £325 2 shillings and 8 pence were left to Sussanah Butler widow (his mother. His father died in aged 62yrs in 1918 in Nottingham
He was admitted 17th September 1901, aged 9 to the Nottingham High School, his father was listed as: Richard Butler, Church Drive, Carrington, occupation: Assistant Manager Robinson and Barnsdale. He was removed from the High School in July 1903. He is not commemorated on the High School memorial.
17 May 1919
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Captain
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Royal Field Artillery
He enlisted into the army in 1915, and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 12th August 1916, later serving with the Royal Field Artillery. For some time he served as a Staff officer and was awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette of 17th March 1917, the citation reads :- For conspicuous gallantry when acting as forward observing officer to his battery. Accompanied by a Signaller, he laid a line across 300 yards of open ground under heavy fire. He established communication and maintained it throughout the day He is reported as having died of his wounds on the 17th May 1919, aged 28 years when serving in India (Believed when fighting in the 3rd Afghan War during the Mahsud Campaign in the area of Wana, Waiziristan. The probability is that he was detached for service with a Mountain Battery of the Indian Army. He is buried in Peshawar (Right) Cemetery, India and his name is commemorated on the Delhi Memorial,India
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  • The memorial commemorating John Leslie Butler in St Annes church, Worksop. 
Courtesy of Colin Dannatt
    John Lelsie Butler - The memorial commemorating John Leslie Butler in St Annes church, Worksop. Courtesy of Colin Dannatt