John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler ["Tales of the V.C. "]

West African Frontier Force VC


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    • John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler VC DSO (20 December 1888 – 5 September 1916) was a British Army Officer during the First World War, and English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was 25 years old, and a Lieutenant in The King's Royal Rifle Corps, attached to Pioneer Coy., Gold Coast Regiment, West African Frontier Force, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 17 November 1914 in the Cameroons, Nigeria. Citation: For most conspicuous bravery in the Cameroons, West Africa. On 17th November, 1914, with a party of 13 men, he went into the thick bush and at once attacked the enemy, in strength about 100, including several Europeans, defeated them, and captured their machine gun and many loads of ammunition. On 27th December, 1914, when on patrol duty, with a few men, he swam the Ekam River, which was held by the enemy, alone and in the face of a brisk fire, completed his reconnaissance on the further bank, and returned in safety. Two of his men were wounded while he was actually in the water —The London Gazette, 23 August 1915 He later achieved the rank of Captain but was unfortunately killed in action at Motomba on 5 September The attached account of his actions was written by James Price Lloyd of the Welsh Regiment, who served with Military Intelligence. After the war, the government to destroyed all the archives relating to this propaganda (section MI 7b (1)). They were regarded as being too sensitive to risk being made public. Remarkably these documents have survived in the personal records of Captain Lloyd. Many of these papers are officially stamped, and one can trace the development of many individual articles from the notes based on an idea, to the pencil draft which is then followed by the hand-written submission and the typescript. The archive "Tales of the VC" comprises 94 individual accounts of the heroism that earned the highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross. These are recounted deferentially and economically, yet they still manage to move the reader. Date stamp: 2 March 1918.




  • Date:

    • 1914-12-25
    • 1914-11-16
  • Temporal:

    • 2013-05-02 19:23:27 UTC
  • Place/Time:

    • African Wars



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    • http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

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  • Location:

    • Cameroon
    • #7.499505399999999,12.437517200000002
    • http://sws.geonames.org/2233387/
  • Place/Time:

    • African Wars
Longitude: "12.437517"
Latitude: "7.4995055"

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