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Alexander Kaye Butterworth


Born 4th December 1854 Henbury Court, Bristol. Marlborough College August 1868 - March 1874. C1 Boarding House Both a Junior and a Senior Scholar of the College Represented the College in the following sports: Rugby XX of 1872 and 1873. Member of Gymnasium VIII of 1872 and 1873; Racquets 1873 and 1874.

He was President of the Marlborough College Debating Society. The following appraisal of his rugby talents was printed in the Marlborough College magazine, The Marlburian, of February 11th, 1874:
A.K.Butterworth: A very brilliant half-back on his day, most dangerous when the ball is near his adversaries` goal, when he seldom fails to drop a goal; a fast runner, good dodger, and the best dribbler in the XX, but is liable to throw away the ball when collared.

Above Marlborough College, 1873 photograph of C1 boarding house. A.K.Butterworth is the fair-haired young man with hands clasped in front of him, standing 4th from the left. Slightly behind him, 5th from the left is the bewhiskered W.E.Mullins who was his housemaster.

Captain of Marlborough Nomads. Both him and his brother, George, joined Clifton RFC in 1874. For more on George click here

His Great Grandfather was Joseph Butterworth, MP for Coventry in 1812 and Dover in 1820, who worked with Willberforce for the abolition of slavery. He was Vice President of the Anti-Slavery Society

Father Revd. George Butterworth. Vicar of Deerhurst 1856-1893. He died on 16th September 1909 at Portishead.

His mother was Frances Maria Kaye, youngest daughter of Dr. John Kaye, Bishop sucessively of Bristol and Lincoln. She died in 1860

His sister, Frances Butterworth, married Clifton RFC player Graeme Vassal Cox click here

Above Alexander Butterworth from the Clifton 1874-75 1st XV photo.

Scholar of the Inner Temple 1878; LLB of London University; Solicitor 1884;Solicitor`s Dept of G.W.R.;Clerk of the Peace for Bedfordshire 1890; Solicitor to the N.E.Railway 1891; General Manager to the N.E.Railway 1906-21.

He was knighted in 1914.

His son was George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, the composer who died in World War 1 on 5th August 1916.

Above George Sainton Kaye Butterworth

His nephew, Captain Hugh Montagu Butterworth, of 9th Bn., Rifle Brigade, also died in World War 1, on 2th September 1915, aged 29. He is Remembered with honour at the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Above Memorial to George S Kaye Butterworth and his Cousin Hugh Montagu Butterworth at Deerhurst Church. Image coutesy of Sally Lloyd.

His sister, Clara Francis Butterworth, died on 1st February 1943 at Clevedon.

Railway Executive Committee 1914-19; Civil Service Arbitratioin Board 1917-1920. Order of Leopold;

He died at his home in Frognal Gardens, Hampstead, London on 23rd January 1946. His Obituary appeared in The Times on 24th January 1946 and said

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He was buried at Hampstead Parish Church on 28th January 1946.

Above Hampstead Parish Church