On 17th Nov 1914 in the Cameroons, West Africa, Lieutenant Butler, with a party of 13 men went into the thick bush and attacked a force of about 100 of the enemy, including several Europeans. Butlers group defeated them, captured their machine gun and many loads of ammunition. On 27th Dec, when on patrol duty with a few men, Lieutenant Butler swam the Ekam River, which was held by the enemy, alone and in the face of brisk fire. He completed his reconnaissance on the far bank and returned to safety.
John Fitzhardinge Paul Butler was born on 20th Dec 1888 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. He was the nephew of Lord Gifford VC of the 24th Regiment. At the time of the action in the Cameroons he was attached to the Pioneer Company, Gold Coast Regiment of the West African Field Force. He reached the rank of Captain but died at Motomba in East Africa on 5th Sept 1916. He was buried in Morogoro Cemetery, Tanganyika.
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