Francis Noel Butler
Colonel Butler joined the Huntingdonshire Volunteer Force
as a Captain in 1900 and in January 1909 was promoted to a
Major in the recently formed 5th (Territorial) Battalion of
the Bedfordshire Regiment. He gained promotion to Lieutenant
Colonel and commanded the 5th battalion between the 20th January
1912 and 25th January 1915, at which time he resigned his
commisison due to a serious bout of influenza.
After his recovery, Lieutenant Colonel Butler returned to
the Regiment and was posted to France following the British
army's losses in 1916. He commanded the 1st Battalion on the
Western Front between December 1916 and May 1917 at which
time he was attached to the 11th Essex.