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ButlerWilliamAttested: Nov 1895. Source: CMP5Cape Police
ButlerWilliam2090TrooperServed in 1st KFS. Joined Durban 17 Mar 02 Discharged 6 Jul 02 disbandment Johannesburg
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
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ButlerWilliamSource: Attestation paper in WO126Bethune's Mounted Infantry
ButlerWilliam325PrivateSource: OZ-Boer databaseQueensland, 4th Imperial Bushmen Contingent
ButlerWilliam1050PrivateSource: OZ-Boer databaseNew South Wales, NSW Imperial Bushmen
ButlerWilliam1356TrooperServed 23 Apr 01 to 01 Oct 02. Time Expired
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Steinaecker's Horse
ButlerWilliam20PrivateSource: QSA Medal Rolls1st Co, 1st Btn, IY
ButlerWilliam340TrooperServed to 30 Apr 02. Discharged at Mafeking
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Bechuanaland Rifles
ButlerWilliam594TrooperServed 13 Feb 02 to 28/05/1902 NOK: Mother: Mrs John Butler Ballinamorsaugh Co Tipperary.
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Bethune's Mounted Infantry
ButlerWilliam FrancisLieutenant GeneralBorn in County Tipperary, Ireland in 1838 and educated in Dublin. At the age of 20 he entered the 69th Regiment at Fermoy and served between 1860-4 in Madras. He served as intelligence officer under Colonel Garnet Wolseley in the Red River Expedition in Canada in 1870. He stayed on in Canada to investigate conditions in the west at the request of the Canadian Government. One of his recommendations led to the establishment of the North West Mounted Police. His account of his time there was published in 'The Great Lone Land' in 1872. Wolseley employed Butler in Ashanti in 1873 and he was to make his first visit to South Africa in 1875 when he again served under Wolseley who was Governor and High Commissioner. He joined the staff of the War Office, and in 1877 he married Miss Elizabeth Thompson, the famous painter. He next saw service in the Zulu War and in Egypt. From 1893 to 1896 he commanded a brigade at Aldershot. At the end of 1898, he was placed in command of the troops at the Cape, but generated resentment for suggesting a large forces would be needed to subdue the Boers. He was criticised for his remarks and he resigned in September 1899. He was placed in command of the Western district in England. He retired in 1905 and died in Jun 1910. Second biography. He was born Oct 31, 1838. He has had a brilliant military career, including many years' service in different parts of The African Continent, since he joined the 69th Foot in 1858. His first active service was with the field force which repelled the incursion of the Fenians into Canada in 1870-1, and he was later employed as Special Commissioner to the Saskatchewan Indians. Sir William served throughout the Ashanti War, 1873-4; served in Natal in 1875, was DAQ MG to Army Headquarters, 1875-9, AAG and QMG South Africa, 1879-89; held the same appointments in the Western District, 1880-2; with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in 1882, and served in a similar capacity in the Nile Expedition in 1884-5. He commanded a brigade of the Egyptian Frontier Field Force in 1885-6, and held other appointments in Egypt till late in 1893. In November, 1898, he was appointed to the command of the Cape forces. It was during this command that he made the report as to the improbability of the available forces of the Cape being sufficient to successfully withstand an invasion of the Boers—a report or warning which was not well received at headquarters. General Butler took over the command of the Western District (Eng.) in Sep, 1899, and in 1905 took temporary-charge of the Second Army Corps during the absence of Sir Ian Hamilton in the East during the Russo-Japanese War. In the same year he relinquished his command. Sir Wm. Butler is a Liberal in politics, and a prospective candidate for East Leeds at the next election. Sir William Butler has written a considerable number of books, including The Great Lone Land—one result of his services in 1870—The Campaign of the Cataracts and the lives of General Gordon, Sir Chas. Napier, and Sir Geo. Colley. He married Miss Elizabeth Thompson, the distinguished painter of military subjects.Staff
ButlerWilliam George27636Lance CorporalSource: QSA Medal Rolls1st Co, 1st Btn, IY
ButlerWilliam John CMajorQSA (6).
Source: QSA medal rolls
6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
ButlerWilliam Mahony15105CorporalSource: QSA Medal Rolls74th Company, 8th Btn, IY
ButlerWilliam Melville29PrivateSource: OZ-Boer databaseQueensland, 1st Mounted Infantry Contingent
ButlerWilliam Melville5SergeantServed in 2nd KFS. Joined Cape Town 30 Jan 01 transferred from CinC Body Guard 1 Aug 01 Discharged 4 Sep 01 time expired
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
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