Butchard R – 1909

BB Gazette Vol.18 No.2 – The Brigade Executive has awarded the Cross for Heroism to Sergeant Robert M’D. Butchard, aged 17, 49th Edinburgh Company, for saving a Boy from drowning at Camp at Strachur, 22ndJuly, 1909.

BB Gazette Vol.18 No.6 – From a report of Edinburgh Battalion Officers and Sergeants Social on 8th January 1910 –… An interesting item in the evening’s proceedings was the presentation of the Royal Humane Society’s ” Diploma for Heroism,” awarded to Sergeant R. M. Butchard, 49th Edinburgh Company, for saving a comrade from drowning at Strachur, Loch Eyne, in July last. A gold medal, suitably inscribed, sent by a brother of the rescued Boy, serving with the colours in South Africa, was also presented to Sergeant Butchard. The Boys’ Brigade ” Cross for Heroism,” previously presented, was also on view.

From The Scotsman 16th November 1909 – Report of Royal Humane Society’s awards – …Testimonial to Robert M Butchard, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, for his plucky rescue of a companion who took cramp while bathing in 16 feet of water in Loch Fyne at Strachur on July 22.

Royal Humane Society Records – Parchment – Register Number 37111.  

Boys Brigade Cross for Heroism


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This account has been complied using records held in The Boys’ Brigade Archive Collection, local and national newspaper archives and other sources. If there are any omissions or errors we sincerely apologise, and request that you come forward with this information, so that this can be corrected.