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Butterworth Farm

Located in Pozières a village in the heart of the Somme battlefields area, locally knowned as the Poppy Fields country. We provide bed & breakfast or self-catering accommodation for up to 14 persons. Chantal and John look forward to welcoming you and wish you a happy stay.

Chantal & John
are happy to welcome you
and wish you a pleasant stay

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George Butterworth, M.C.

Why Butterworth Farm ?

Famous English composer born on 12th July 1885 in London. His father, Sir Alexander Butterworth, was a lawyer, general manager of the North Eastern Railway in York where George grew up before going to Eton College. In college, his musical talent was revealed. In 1904 he went to Trinity College in Oxford. There he met Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams. After his studies, he taught for a year at Radley and then studied for a short time at the Royal College of Music. He then devoted himself to the search for folk songs with Vaughan Williams.

Engaged voluntarily in the British Army as soon as the war was declared in 1914, he was assigned to the 13th Light Infantry Battalion of Durham with the rank of lieutenant. He was awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) and cited to the order of the battalion for his defense of a trench. Sent to France at the Battle of the Somme. He was killed in Pozières on August 5, 1916, shot by a sniper and his body was never found. His name was engraved on one of the pillars of the Thiepval Memorial, a few steps from Pozières.