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Remembered Today:

Private Cecil Butler - Royal Bucks Hussars


Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC

Name: BUTLER, CECIL

Initials: C

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars

Unit Text: "A" Sqdn.

Age: 25

Date of Death: 20/07/1915

Service No: 1143

Additional information: Son of William and Ann Elizabeth Butler, of 12, Lausanne Rd. Hornsey, London. Born at Lillingstone Dayrell, Bucks.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: B. 334.

Cemetery: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

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& the cemetery info

Cemetery: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

Country: Egypt

Visiting Information: Visitors can best reach the cemetery by private car. The cemetery gates have to be closed, although unlocked, during the gardeners working hours, Saturday to Thursday 07.30 to 14.30. Visitors are best advised to contact the Commission's local office which will advise the Head Gardener of the visit - Tel: 00 202 290 1247. Please note the office closes at 12.30 GMT.

Location Information: This cemetery is within the Old Cairo cemetery area, which is situated approximately 5 kilometres south east of the centre of Cairo. The cemetery area is on the south side of the road Salah Salem, which runs west/east from the River Nile towards the green park area approximately 2 kilometres beyond and eventually towards the Citadel. The cemetery is surrounded by a high wall and the double entrance gates are along Sharia Abu Safein. This road is parallel with the railway line which runs south from Cairo main station and both railway and Sharia Abu Safein cross over the main road. Access up to Sharia Abu Safein is by using the northside ramp above the main road underpass, on the east side of the railway.

Historical Information: At the outbreak of the First World War, Cairo was headquarters to the United Kingdom garrison in Egypt. With Alexandria, it became the main hospital centre for Gallipoli in 1915 and later dealt with the sick and wounded from operations in Egypt and Palestine. General Headquarters, Middle East Command, was set up in Cairo shortly before the Second World War, remaining there throughout the war years. In January 1941, a Royal Air Force Sector Headquarters for Fighter Defence Canal Zone was established. Cairo was again a significant hospital centre during the Second World War. Cairo War Memorial Cemetery was formerly part of the New British Protestant Cemetery, but plots B, D, F, H, K, M, O, P and Q were ceded to the Commission in 1920. Some graves were brought into these plots from elsewhere in the Protestant cemetery and later, 85 First World War graves were concentrated from Minia War Cemetery, 200 km south of Cairo, where maintenance could not be assured. One burial of the Second World War was moved from Old Cairo Old Latin Cemetery for the same reason. There are now 2,057 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War and 340 from the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. A small number, known to have been buried in other civil cemeteries in Cairo but whose graves are now lost, are commemorated by special memorial. Burials in the following civil cemeteries are now alternatively commemorated in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery: Cairo (Basatin) Jewish Cemetery Old Cairo Jewish Cemetery Cairo Maronite Cemetery Cairo Civil International Cemetery Old Cairo New Latin Cemetery

No. of Identified Casualties: 2410

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Per Ray Westlake's "British Regigiments at Gallipoli"

1/1st Buckinghamshire Yeomanry (Royal Bucks Hussars)

were in Egypt at the time of Cecil Butler's death

but were in fact enroute to Gallipoli

April 1915

Foulsham, Norfolk. Part of 2nd South Midland Mounted Brigade, 2nd Mounted Division. To Avonmouth [5th April] and embarked Menominee for Egypt. Arrived Alexandria [19th]

May 1915

Brigade redesignated as 2nd Mounted Brigade (2nd South Midland).

June /July training ?

August

Sailed for Gallipoli [13th August]............

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From SDGW

Enlisted Churn

Resident Buckingham

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