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Forename(s): Amy Kynoch

Place of Birth: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

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Rank: Sister

Regiment / Corps / Service: Auxiliary Hospital Nursing Staff

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Age: 33

Date of Death: 1919-06-21

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Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

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Amy (Emily) Kynoch Butchart (born 15 May 1884) was the daughter of Alexander and Emily Butchart, née Kynoch. Alexander was born at Carnoustie, Angus and Emily at either Caputh or Clunie, Perthshire, Scotland.

In 1891 the family (less Alexander) were living in Edinburgh at 14, Caledonian Place.

In 1901 the family (less Alexander) were living in Edinburgh at 22, Scotland Place.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 23, Devonshire Terrace - Amy Kynoch Butchart, aged 27 years, born Edinburgh. [Amy was living with her brother, Charles Kynoch Butchart, a dental surgeon, as were her mother and sister Margaret.]

Amy served with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) as a Staff Nurse, at home and abroad, from 26 June 1915 to 1 February 1917. She resigned on the 1 February 1917.

The Nursing Service Record for Emily Kynoch Butchart is held at The National Archives: (WO399/1191).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: card for Amy not found.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: entry for Amy not found.

Amy was buried on the 25 June 1919. The burial information states that she was: a hospital nurse at St Lukes [Bradford, Yorkshire].

Amy is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

The Five Sisters' Window in York Minster is dedicated as a war memorial to the women of the British Empire who lost their lives, 1914-1918. Amy is commemorated by name and service in St Nicholas' Chapel in the North Transept of the Minster.

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BUTCHART, Amy K. (Miss). [Additional]


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Sister Amy Kynoch BUTCHART

Sister Amy Kynoch BUTCHART

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'The Scotsman' (28 June 1919)


BUTCHART. – At St Luke’s War Hospital, Bradford, suddenly, on the 21st inst., AMY KYNOCH, Q.A.I.M.N.S., youngest daughter of the late Mr and Mrs ALEX. BUTCHART, Edinburgh and Skipton.

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Death Certificate for Amy Kynoch Butchart

Death Certificate for Amy Kynoch Butchart

Copy (1 November 2018). The name of the informant on this copy has been wrongly transcribed and should be Marion A. Foggett

Waltonwrays Cemetery, Skipton

Waltonwrays Cemetery, Skipton

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North Transept, York Minster

North Transept, York Minster

Memorial for the Nurses of the Auxiliary Hospitals

The Nursing Memorial, National Memorials Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

The Nursing Memorial, National Memorials Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

Commemorating the Voluntary Aid Detachment and professional nurses who lost their lives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars

© Nursing Memorial Appeal (WMR-76515)

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31 December 1915


To the Editor of the 'Craven Herald'

Dear Sir,-Allow me to express my thanks to all those kind friends who have so generously responded to my appeal on behalf of the nursing sisters who are stationed on the Island of Lemnos. I have received over £10 in money, besides numerous gifts of cakes, chocolates, fruit, etc. It has been almost impossible to thank all the kind donors personally, and I trust they will accept this formal acknowledgment. The money has all been spent in buying various necessities, and it will give me very great pleasure to hand over a handsome parcel to the Nursing Camps when I call at Lemnos in about a fortnight.
Yours truly,

07 June 1918

BUTCHART - At 23 Devonshire Terrace, Skipton, on the 3rd inst., Emily Kynoch, beloved wife of the late Alexander Butchart, Edinburgh, aged 73 years. Interred Waltonwrays, Skipton, June 8th.

[Mother of Sister Amy Kynoch Butchart.]

27 June 1919

BUTCHART - June 21st, at St. Luke's War Hospital, Bradford, suddenly. Amy Kynoch, beloved daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Butchart, late of Skipton and Edinburgh.

27 June 1919


Sudden Death of Nurse Butchart – The death of Nurse Butchart, youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Butchart, of Skipton, and formerly of Edinburgh, at St. Luke’s Military Hospital, Bradford, on Saturday, under distressingly sudden circumstances, came as a painful surprise to the many friends of the family in Skipton. Nurse Butchart, who was 33 years of age, was engaged at the Hospital and collapsed while carrying out her duties and died almost immediately, death being due to cerebral haemorrhage. It is some twelve or thirteen years since Nurse Butchart came from Edinburgh to Skipton with her parents. Four years later she became a probationer at the Leeds General Infirmary, and when she had finished her probationary studies war broke out. She at once volunteered and was accepted as a nurse in the Q.A.M.I.N.S., and was sent on foreign service. She made innumerable trips to the Dardanelles in several well-known hospital ships, including the Mauretania and Aquitania, and also served on the Cross-Channel boats. After a long and trying period of service she was invalided out of the Q.A.M.I.N.S., and came to St. Luke’s Hospital, Bradford, as a ward sister, where she had served through two years of very strenuous work. Her work was greatly valued, and she had been the recipient of many beautiful presents from patients who had passed through her hands. Whilst living in Skipton, Nurse Butchart was a valuable worker at the Congregational Church, particularly in connection with the Girls’ Friendly Club and the Sisterhood. The Funeral took place yesterday at Waltonwrays Cemetery, the service being conducted by the Rev. L. H. Gaunt. After a short service at the Hospital, the coffin was conveyed to the Midland Station, Bradford (afterwards coming forward to Skipton by rail), on a gun carriage attended by members of the R.A.M.C., who acted as bearers.

[Transcribed from an article added by Ursula and Alan Butchart to the IWM website - Lives of the First World War:]

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10 August 1917


The wedding of Mr. C.K. Butchart and Miss Lilian Rosamund Ellis took place on Saturday morning at St. Martin's Church, Scarborough. The bride looked charming in a cream coat-frock embroidered with gold, and a black and gold hat. She was given away by her brother, Mr. J. Ellis, and was attended by her sister, Miss Ada Ellis, who wore a pale blue coat frock embroidered with art shades, a black velvet hat, and white fox furs. Rev. Arnold Pawson, of Scarborough, was the officiating clergyman, and Mr. A. Mackintosh, M.A., of Giggleswick, acted as best man. The wedding was a very quiet one, only members of the families on both sides being present. After the wedding breakfast, which took place at the home of the bride's mother, the bride and bridegroom left for a short motor tour in the English Lake District.

[Charles Kynoch Butchart was the brother of Sister Amy Kynoch Butchart.]

07 June 1918

BUTCHART - At 23, Devonshire Terrace, Skipton, on the 3rd inst., Emily Kynoch, beloved wife of the late Alexander Butchart, Edinburgh, aged 73. Interred Waltonwrays, Skipton, June 6th.

[Mother of Sister Amy Kynoch Butchart.]

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    2 Responses to Amy Kynoch BUTCHART

    1. Ella Hatfield May 3, 2018 at 9:14 pm #

      The Craven Herald June 27th (I think) 1919 says that she joined up in 1915 as soon as she finished her nursing training, and she served on the Mauretania and the Aquitania and went to the Dardanelles. She was invalided out of overseas service in Jan 1917 and went to be a ward sister at St Luke’s Military Hospital in Bradford, where she collapsed and died of a cerebral haemorrhage. She had gone to St Andrew’s and their minister, the Rev Gaunt, took her funeral service at the hospital. Then she was brought to Skipton by train and taken to Waltonwrays on a gun carriage, with RAMC pallbearers. She was 33 when she died. Her name is the only female one on the Skipton War Memorial and she is also commemorated in St Andrew’s and in York Minster. Her family came from Edinburgh to Skipton when she was about 20.

    2. Scott Wallace August 24, 2023 at 9:06 pm #

      Amy’s grave recently cleaned – photo on grave finder

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