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George Montagu Butterworth


George Montagu Butterworth. Born 12th May 1858, Deerhurst, Gloucestershire. Educated Marlborough College August 1872 - April 1877. C1 Boarding House Foundation Scholar of the College. College Prefect; Represented the College at Racquets in 1877. Both him and his brother joined Clifton RFC in 1874.

His Great Grandfather was Joseph Butterworth, MP for Coventry in 1812 and Dover in 1820, who worked with Willberforce for the abolition of slavery. He was Vice President of the Anti-Slavery Society

Father Revd. George Butterworth. Vicar of Deerhurst 1856-1893. He died on 16th September 1909 at Portishead.

His mother was Frances Maria Kaye, youngest daughter of Dr. John Kaye, Bishop sucessively of Bristol and Lincoln. She died in 1860

His brother was Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth. Born 4th December 1854 Henbury Court, Bristol. Marlborough College. Captain of Marlborough Nomads. He also played for Clifton RFC. Died 23rd January 1946. For more click here

His sister, Frances Butterworth, married Clifton RFC player Graeme Vassal Cox click here

Above George Butterworth from the 1877-78 Clifton XV photo.

Back Row (L-R): E.Leonard, E.W.Ball, W.I.Pocock, J.Nichols, W.Strachan, G.Dunn, H.W.R.Gribble, H.L.Evans, A.B.Greene, J.D.Miller. Sitting: H.W.Peck, G.M.Butterworth (Captain), W.S.Paul, E.D.Evans.

Above Clifton XV of 1880-81 with captain George Butterworth.

Solicitor 1884.

His nephew (Alexander's son) was George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, the composer who died in World War 1 on 5th August 1916.

His son, Captain Hugh Montagu Butterworth, of 9th Bn., Rifle Brigade. Born on 1 November 1885. Educated at Hazelwood, Marlborough College from September 1899 to July 1904 (played on Hockey XI 03-04; XV 03; XI 03-04; Captain of Rifle Club, 03; Racquet Rep, 04) and at University College, Oxford 05-06 (Racquets Rep, 04). Employed as Assistant Master at Wanganui School, New Zealand. Died on 2th September 1915, aged 29 at the Battles of Loos. He is Remembered with honour at the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL. His Great War letters were published by Wanganui School as "Letters from Flanders by H.M.B.".

Above Memorial to George S Kaye Butterworth and his Cousin Hugh Montagu Butterworth at Deerhurst Church. Image coutesy of Sally Lloyd.

His sister, Clara Francis Butterworth, died on 1st February 1943 at Clevedon.

He married Catherine Lucie Butterworth (nee Warde), .

He emigrated to New Zealand, and lived at The Cashmere Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand. Managed the Stoke Cricket Ground; Served in France with the French Red Cross in World War I 1915-16.

Above The Cashmere Hills, Christchurch, New Zealand c1920.

He died on 12th December 1941.