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Norman Butterworth  

Servicenumber : 2141624
Rank : Sapper
Regiment : Royal Engineers
Unit : 1 Parachute Squadron
Date of Death : 27-02-1945
Age : 27
Grave : Plot 18. Row C. Grave 9.
Norman Butterworth was a son of William and Catherine Butterworth of Oldham, Lancashire. He was married to Alice Butterworth of Werneth, Oldham.
Butterworth served with B Troop.
According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Butterworth was wounded in the Limburg Stirum School at Arnhem bridge on 20 september. He died of wounds in the St. Joseph Psychiatric hospital at Apeldoorn and was buried in the local Heidehof General Cemetery on the next day.
Harold Padfield, Lance-Sergeant with 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers wrote about the death of Butterworth in his memoirs, called Twelve Mules and a Pegasus: 'However, the remaining survivors and wounded were ordered by Major Lewis to surrender. He said that we should all take pride in our performance; he then instructed us to take the bolts out of our weapons and throw them away. The weapons were left where they were. At my instruction Sapper Butterworth put a white handkerchief on the end of his rifle and went forward waving it. As he was walking forward, a machine gunner opened up and hit him in the legs; his German officer drew his pistol from its holster and then shot the machine gunner'....'We heard much later that Norman Butterworth died of his wounds in Stalag.'
On 18 september 2015 the ashes of Harold Padfield were buried behind the headstone of Norman Butterworth.
Picture: 23-09-2012
 
Picture: 19-09-2015
 
Sources: Website CWGC, 'Twelve Mules and a Pegasus' and Roll of Honour

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