LEADING AIRCRAFTMAN FRANCIS KNIGHTLY BUTLER

No. 346920 RAF (Voluntary Reserve)

Francis Knightly Butler was the son of Francis and Minnie Butler, and the family was living in Northfield, Worcestershire in 1911, when Francis was 8 years old. By 1930, information from electoral registers shows that he was living at 333, Dawlish Road Birmingham, still with his parents.

At the outbreak of war he and his wife Bertha were living at Clive House, Montgomery. Little is known about Francis, his occupation or what brought him to Montgomery, and no service records were found so it is not possible to say in which capacity he served. The rank of Leading Aircraftman encompasses a range of occupations within the RAF, including technicians, mechanics, clerks and orderlies.

Francis Butler would have been called up early on in the war as a member of the RAF Voluntary Reserve. He served throughout the war until he contracted tuberculosis, from which he never recovered, dying on Boxing Day, 26th December 1944.

Francis was the husband of Bertha May Butler, Montgomery, who died four months after him on the 21st of April, 1945 and is buried with him in the same grave in St Nicholas' churchyard, Montgomery.