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Archer John William Butts
2nd Bn. The Buffs
14 march 1890 , Longfield , Halifax , Co. York
16 february 1915
Son of the Rev. George and Beatrice Butts Archer, of Stilton Rectory, Peterborough
Educated at Stubbington , in France and at R.M.A. Woolwich
Ypres Menin Gate Memorial
Panel 12 - 14
5 october 1910
9 march 1912
16 january 1915
15 february 1915
Served in Singapore
Gazetted Second Lieutenant
Served in India
Recalled to England at the outbreak of War
Arrived in England from India
Proceeded with his Regiment to France
The regiment was at once moved up to the firing line.
He was wounded and died the following day.
His Commanding Officer wrote:
' It appears that on the night of 15 february he was sent out with his men to the relief of a regiment which was holding a trench which had been attacked by the Germans in the dark.
He succeded in fighting his way to the trench at the expense of half his men and his own gallant life.
The effort to hold the trench was succesful.
It was his task thus to take the lead in the counter attack which the Brigade made to retake the trenches which had been lost, but other regiments were so badly knocked about by a bitter shell fire that they could not get up to support him and his gallant little handful of men, and so the work was splendidly done by this small company themselves, into a dug-out in the trench , and here he died about twenty-four hours afterwards, for it was impossible to get him out of the trench and into hospital in face of the terrible fire which was maintained.'