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Sir Richard Butler
1870 – 1935
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Second Boer War
World War I
Commands held 2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
3rd Infantry Brigade
III Corps
Western Command
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 World War I.

Military career

Educated at Harrow School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst,[1] Butler was commissioned into the Dorset Regiment in 1890.[2]

He served in the Second Boer War and then became a Brigade Major at Aldershot in 1906.[2] He also served in World War I initially as Commanding Officer of 2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers[1] and then as Commander of 3rd Infantry Brigade[1] before becoming a Major-General on the General Staff of 1st Army from 1915.[2] 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.[3]

After the War he was GOC commanding a Division from 1919 to 1924 when he became General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for Western Command; he retired in 1929.[2]

He lived at Shrewsbury in Shropshire.[1]


In 1894 he married Helen Frances Battiscombe and together they went on to have one son and one daughter.[1]




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