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Sir Richard Butler
Born 1870
Died April 22, 1935(1935-04-22) (aged 64)
Place of death Shawbury,[1] Shropshire
Buried at Hodnet, Shropshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held 2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
3rd Infantry Brigade
III Corps
2nd Division
Western Command
Battles/wars Second Boer War
First World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George

Lieutenant General Sir Richard Harte Keatinge Butler KCB KCMG (1870–1935) was a British Army general during the First World War.

Military career

Educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst,[2] Butler was commissioned into the Dorset Regiment in 1890.[3]

He served in the Second Boer War and then became a Brigade Major at Aldershot in 1906.[3] He also served in the Great War, initially as Commanding Officer of 2nd Battalion the Lancashire Fusiliers[2] and then as Commander of the 3rd Infantry Brigade[2] before becoming a Major-General on the General Staff of 1st Army from 1915.[3] He was Deputy Chief of the General Staff on the Western Front from 1916 and then became General Officer Commanding III Corps in February 1918.[4]

After the War he was General Officer Commanding 2nd Division from 1919 to 1923; he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Western Command in 1924 and retired in 1929.[3]

He ultimately lived at Roden Lodge, Shawbury,[5] in Shropshire, where he died on 22 April 1935. He was buried in the Parish Churchyard at Hodnet, Shropshire.


In 1894 he married Helen Frances Battiscombe and had issue of a son and a daughter.[2]


  1. "'A Famous General's Death - Sir R.H.K.Butler, of Shawbury'". Shrewsbury Chronicle. 26 April 1935. p. 7.. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Richard Butler at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. Amiens 1918: The Black Day of the German Army By Alistair McCluskey and Peter Dennis, Page 13 Osprey, 2008, ISBN 978-1-84603-303-2
  5. "Who Was Who" 1929-1940 page 202. 
Military offices
Preceded by
William Pulteney
February 1918–September 1918
Succeeded by
Post Disbanded
Preceded by
Cecil Pereira
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Peter Strickland
Preceded by
Sir John Du Cane
GOC-in-C Western Command
Succeeded by
Sir Cecil Romer

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