Scarce Distinguished Conduct Medal for Kut-al-Amara, Wounded During the Siege, Mentioned in Despatches April 1916 and died as a P.O.W.
Distinguished Conduct medal (Geo V) 28772 Bmbr; G. Butterfield. 104/Hvy ; Bty R.G.A.
George Butterfield landed in “Asia” on the 24th January 1915.
His MIC confirms he was in receipt of a 1914-15 trio and the D.C.M.
He was the son of Sarah and Daniel Butterfield of Luton road, Markyate.
He volunteered at the outbreak of the war having served previously he served in India. Served in and Mesopotamia, being wounded at the battle for Kut and then taken Prisoner by the Turks when Kut was besieged, later dying of his wounds whilst a POW.
Six members of the Butterfield family served during the First World War.
Distinguished Conduct Medal, London Gazette 22nd January 1916:
“28772 Bombardier G Butterfield, 104th (Heavy) Bty R.G.A.
For Conspicuous gallantry at Kut-al-Amara (Mesopotamia), on 28th September 1915, when he repaired telephone wires on several occasions under heavy shell and Rifle fire”
Wounded 19th December 1915 (During the Siege of Kut) as reported by the Luton reporter 24 January 1916
Butterfield was also Mentioned in Despatched, London Gazette 5th April 1916
He died 14th September 1916 and is buried in Baghdad (Northgate) War Cemetery; he was being held at the Adana Camp, Boudjak, Anatolia, and died whilst in the Camp Hospital
Farndale says 104th was four bullock drawn battery of 4 inch guns which was ordered to leave India for Basra in Jan 1915. They were involved in blockading the Euphrates with two guns on a barge in March 1915.
On 1st April 1915 they were part of the 2nd Indian Corps with one section garrisoned at Qurna with the 17th Infantry Brigade and 86th Heavy Battery and another section at Kurmat Ali with the 66th Punjabs.
At the end of July 1915 one section (2 x 4 inch guns) was at Al Gharbi on the Tigris with the 82nd Battery and the other section at Amara.
On 26th Sept 1915 they were on barges withe the 86th Heavy and then supported an attack by the 18th Infantry Brigade.
The Battle of Es Sinn took place on 28 September 1915, during the Mesopotamian Campaign fought to determine control of the lower Tigres and Euphrates rivers.
The engagement took place just south of the town of Kut-al-Amarah, along the banks of the Tigris River. Following a night march, the British and Indian troops defeated the Ottoman forces, driving them from their defensive positions along the Tigris. The capture of the Es Sinn position allowed for the capture of Kut, and with it control over the lower Tigris and Euphrates rivers, by British forces the following day.
A section of the 104th Battery under Major Farmer were taken prisoner by the Turks on 29th April 1916 at Kut. Which is probably when Butterfield was captured.
104th were heavily involved in some serious fighting during 1915-16.
Condition – GVF, a couple of small edge bruises and slight scratching.