10 june 1914
22 october 1914
15 november 1914
2 may 1915
Gazetted to the Special Reserve.
Joined the 2nd Bn. Dorsetshire Regiment
On the outbreak of War he was appointed to the 1st Battalion.
At La Bassée , he was wounded in the leg by a bullet, his life being saved by Sergeant Cox H. of the Dorsetshire Regiment, who carried him from the trenches into cover under very heavy fire.
For this the sergeant received the DCM .
Second Lieutenant Butcher was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatches (London Gazette 17 february 1915) and was promoted Lieutenant.
Returned to the Front
He was killed in action by asphyxiating gas at Hill 60.
His Adjutant wrote :
' I knew him very well and looked upon him always as a man of unusual character, ability and promise; his loss is a severe one for the Dorset Regiment.'
Another officer wrote:
'He is al real loss to the regiment in every way. I am sure he had great prospects before him as he was an extraordinarily keen subaltern and very popular with both officers and men.
He was always ready for any amount of work."
Two of his brothers were in the Army and one in the Navy.
St. Paul's School