Stuart Botterill

Date of birth: 1 July 1879
Place of birth: South Norwood
Service No.: 305557
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment / Division: London
Battalion: 2/5th (Rifle Brigade) battalion
Died: 20 September 1917, aged 38 years
Commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 52 & 54)

Stuart Botterill

Life before the War

Stuart was the fifth of 6 siblings born to William Richard and Amy Botterill (nee Phillips), who married in Lewisham in 1869.

William was a cigar merchant and was born in London in 1844; he died in South Norwood in 1895. Amy was born in London in 1852 and she passed away on 3 March 1922 in Kensington.


  1. George Phillips   b. 1870 Forest Hill   d. 1944 Surrey   Married Catherine Barr McMeekin in Croydon in 1894.
  2. Amy Margaret  b. 1872 South Norwood   d. 1948 Hampstead   Married Edgar Maidlow in Croydon in 1896.
  3. Millicent Alice   b. 1874 South Norwood  d. 1952 Watford   Married Arthur Hodge in Croydon in 1901.
  4. William Howard   b. 1877 South Norwood   d. 1948 Worthing   Married Lily Webster in Croydon in 1906.
  5. Stuart          Educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Guildford.
  6. Elsie Rose   b. 1880 South Norwood   d. 1960 Surrey   Married Ernest Beeching in Croydon in 1912.

Stuart married Ethel Elizabeth Hoare in Southampton in 1915, and they lived at 74 Belmont Road, Portswood. Ethel was born in the city in 1892 and she passed away in Northampton in 1957.

War Service

The 2/5th Rfle Brigade was formed in September 1914, and Stuart joined as a volunteer from day one. The Brigade moved to Haywards Heath in mid 1914 and joined the 174th Brigade of the 58thDivision. The Battalion was mobilised for war in January 1917; Stuart joined full-time in April 1917.

From 1 July, Stuart and the rest of the battalion served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders.

During the Third Battle of Ypres, Stuart’s brigade would have been involved in the new “leap frog” method of advance. This involved waves of infantry stopping once they had reached their objective. They then consolidated the ground whilst other waves passed through the objective to attack the next one, and the earlier waves became the tactical reserve.

Stuart met his end during the Third Battle of Ypres, being killed in action just north-east of St. Julien.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 11/08/2015

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