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Butler, William Francis, Sir

Born: 1838 AD
Died: 1910 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Military Officer

1838 – He was born on the 31st of October.

1858 – He entered the army as an ensign at Fermoy Barracks, becoming captain and major.

1870-1873 – He took part with distinction in the Red River expedition and the Ashanti operations under Wolseley

1874 – He received the CB.

1884 – He again served with General Wolseley in the Zulu War (as brevet lieutenant colonel), the campaign of Tel-el-Kebir (after which he was made an aide-de-camp to the Queen) and the Sudan.

1885 – He was employed as colonel on the staff.

         – He was brigadier-general.

1892 – He served as brigadier-general on the staff in Egypt when he was promoted to major-general and stationed at Aldershot, subsequent to which he was given command of the southeastern district.

1898 – He succeeded General William Howley Goodenough as commander-in-chief in South Africa, with the local rank of lieutenant-general.

1905 – He was consequently ordered home to command the western district.

         – He also held the Aldershot command for a brief period.

1910 – He died on the 7th of June.