Edited by Jon Cooksey
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: World War One Books
Published: 5 September 2011
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Butterworth, a first cousin of the composer George Butterworth who lost his life on the Somme in 1916, was in civilian
life a dedicated and much-loved schoolmaster and a gifted cricketer, who served with distinction as an officer in the Rifle Brigade from the spring of 1915. His letters give us a telling insight into the thoughts and reactions of a highly educated, sensitive and perceptive individual confronted by the horrors of modern warfare.
Butterworth was killed on the Bellewaarde Ridge near Ypres on 25 September 1915 during one of the disastrous diversionary attacks launched to distract German attention from the Battle of Loos, and his last letter was written on the eve of the action in which he died.
For this full edition of his letters Jon Cooksey has edited and illustrated the text and provided an introduction, describing Butterworth’s family background, his pre-war career, the battles on the Western Front in which he took part, and the final engagement in which he lost his life.
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