Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Captain Cyril Arthur Mecrate BUTCHER
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Captain Cyril Arthur Mecrate BUTCHER.
10th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, attd. 62nd Trench Mortar Bty. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Butcher, of Beaucastle, Bewdley, Worcs. Killed 6 July 1917. Aged 20.
Buried BOYELLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION.
(Cyril Butcher first enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (No 2810) as a Private. Commissioned into the Yorkshire Regiment on 16 January 1916, and joined "A" Company 10th Battalion on 22 January 1916.
From information in the Green Howards Gazette, he was a Captain in charge of a Trench Mortar Battery, but relinquished this rank on 20 June 1917 when no longer in command of this battery.)
The archivist of West Buckland School, Devon, Berwick Coates (<email@example.com>), has provided further information on Captain Butcher. This information is in the school archives.
- Entered West Buckland School, January 1909. Left, 1912.
On leaving school he entered a business firm in Birmingham, and on the outbreak of war enlisted in the Warwickshires and served at the Front. He afterwards obtained a commission in the Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed in action while attached to a trench mortar battery. He will be remembered by many as a very popular boy at school, and his death at the untimely age of 20 will cause grief to a wide circle of friends. He was the son of Mr and Mrs J H Butcher of Knowle.
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