I’ve been taking a photo of all the World War One graves in West Leeds over the past week, writes Mark Stevenson.
I have done a separate article for these two men, who are buried in Upper & Lower Wortley Cemetery, mainly because they stand out because of the medals they won.
The first is Richard Buttery. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (the only one higher is the Victoria Cross), which was the oldest award for gallantry started in 1854 until its discontinuation in 1993.
Richard Buttery was also awarded the Military Medal for acts of bravery. He was born in Farnley in 1891 and died in what is now St James Hospital.
“When all the company officers were lost, Private Edwards, without hesitation and under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire from a strong concrete fort, dashed forward at great personal risk, bombed through the loopholes, surmounted the fort and waved to his company to advance.
“Three officers and 30 other ranks were taken prisoner by him in the fort. Later he did most valuable work as a runner and eventually guided most of the battalion out through very difficult ground.
“Throughout he set a splendid example and was utterly regardless of danger.”
He was also given the rank of Second Lieutenant. In WW2 he rose to the rank of major. He died in 1972.
Check out my coverage of Pudsey Cemetery, St Thomas in Stanningley, St Wilfrid’s in Calverley, Kirkstall St Stephen’s, Farsley Baptists, New Wortley Cemetery, Upper and Lower Wortley Cemetery and Hill Top in Armley.