16 October 2018
“A BRAVE, STEADFAST LOVING, UPRIGHT AND WELL BELOVED SON”
Armar Somerset Butler was born on 2 October 1893 at Nettleston, Isle of Wight, to Daisy Butler and her husband the Revd. Pierce Armar Butler of Winterslow Rectory, Salisbury, Wilts. Three brothers Rollo, Hubert and Ralph are recorded on the 1901 census and a younger sister Patricia (who died in 1904). By the time of the 1911 census his father had remarried and another daughter was listed. His eldest brother, Pierce Rollo was listed in the London Gazette as an army chaplain (19 Jan 1918).
A S Butler entered Harper Adams Agricultural College on 29 January 1910, aged 16, to study the Certificate course and left on 22 December 1911 with the intention of farming abroad.
He served in the 7th Wiltshire regiment, attached from the South Lancs, and was attached to the Royal Flying Corps when he was killed in action on 16 October 1917, age 24. He was bombing the enemy lines when his aeroplane caught fire.
He is remembered with honour at the Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece, D584.
Sarigol Military Cemetery
From April to June 1917, the 35th Casualty Clearing Station was at Sarigol. It was replaced by the 21st Stationary Hospital, which remained until December 1918. From these two hospitals, 150 burials were made in the cemetery.
Sarigol Military Cemetery now contains 682 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 29 war graves of other nationalities.