THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
THOMS Nathaniel William Benjamin Butler
Queen's Westminster Rifles, South Africa 1899-1902
15/7, Major, 1st New Zealand Infantry Brigade, WW1
Pilot Officer, Special Duties Branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, WW2

CITATION
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Gazetted

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 25 August 1917, p8803
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in frequently movingforward under exceptionally heavy shellfire, personally reconnoitering the line and bringing back most valuable reports.  He displayed exceptional courage and keenness throughout

Military Cross
Gazetted 14 January 1916, p591
For distinguished service in the field (Gallipoli)

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted in South Africa

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 January 1916, p1207
In connection with the operations described in General Ian Hamilton's despatch of 11 December 1915.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p261
Action: Switch Trench, south east of High Wood, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th September 1916.  Major Thoms was in command of the cocmpany sent up to reinforce the left flank of the switch line on the morning of the 15th September 1916, where he remained for four days under a heavy bombardment.  He constructed four strong points covering the left fland at a critical period, and his cheary manner and untiring enemy were a rare example to all ranks on the left flank.  It was entirely through him that the valuable information was received to the effect that the Germans were preparing to counter attack the 47th Division from the direction of Martinpuich, and he was als the first to report enemy Battalions massing north of Factory Corner.  He has always displayed the utmost and greatest devotion to duty at all times.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13575
During the operations at Messines on the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th June 1917.  For great gallantry and devotion to duty.  As Brigade Major, this officer frequently moved forward under exceptionally heavy shellfire, personally reconnoitred the line occupied by the Brigade and brough back most valuable reports.  I cannot speak too highly of this officer's courage and bearing throughout.

AWARDS
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Queen’s South Africa Medal
       Cape Colony, Transvaal, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (3)
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45

NOTES
Born 5 April 1880, Frome, England
Died 24 May 1957, Kitale, Kenya