JOHN G. BUTT CME.
It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of John G. Butt.
Serving engineering time at Eastleigh Works he latterly became the Guildford Shed Master in the 1960’s, from where he then moved on in his railway career, finally ending it as the CME on the Western Region.
Perhaps John was not known to many of you, except certain amount of Guildford men during his time at the depot. I personally met John many years later through a mutual interest in miniature railways, in particular 7.1/4” gauge. John was a prolific builder as the locomotives that he built bear testimony. Among those built were several Southern locomotives that included no less that three Drummond ‘T9’s and a recently finished ‘M7’ tank engine. We shall certainly miss his expertise, for his was extremely knowledgeable fellow, but moreover we will miss his generosity and camaraderie.
Our sincere condolences are offered to Elizabeth, his wife, and all the immediate family. Their loss is felt by so many and our collective thoughts are with them all.
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