King's College London
War Memorials

Buttress, Eric Frank


First name(s)Eric Frank
Date of birth02 June 1905
Place of birthWindsor
Family detailsSon of the late Mr. And Mrs. J.A. Butress, of Harpenden, Hertfordshire; husband of Doris May Buttress.
Previous educationCounty Boy's School, Windsor; British Schools, Windsor
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1923-6
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering
QualificationsB.Sc.; A.M.I.C.E
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Decorations / medalsM.C.
Date of death12/12/1941
Age at death36
Rank at deathCivilian
Place of deathOn barge Jeanette in Hong Kong Harbour at the Battle for Hong Kong.
Cause of deathExplosion
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel; Roll of the Fallen, London University O.T.C & S.T.C
Notes527 The Peak, Hong Kong.
On the night of December 12th, the barge Jeanette, laden with tons of dynamite from Green Island, was accidentally fired on by Z Company Middlesex from pillbox 63. The resulting double explosion killed everyone on board. This was the biggest single explosion of the battle. Everyone on board was killed. Reporting Authority Hong Kong. Full account of incident in ‘ Not the Slightest Chance: The Defence of Hong Kong, 1941 by Tony Banham. The SCMP of Thursday Sept 27 1945 claimed that fourteen Europeans had been aboard, and that all died
SourcesKing’ s College London Archives: Commonwealth War Graves Commission;

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