Generalmajor Anton Wilhelm Büttner
Another one of the veterans of the 1813 - 1815 independence war has left us.
Generalmajor A. W. Büttner died this morning in his 81st year.
His father held the office of a judge - a Gräfen in York - as did several of his ancestors.
In 1813 when Germany rose against the foreign occupation, General Büttner, age 16, joined the army and within the very first year of service participated in the glorious battles near Göhrde, Wilhelmsburg and Hamburg, and, finally in 1815 he fought in the battle of Waterloo.
After the battle of Waterloo where Napoleon's power was broken, Büttner and the victorious army entered Paris. He remained in France until 1818.
After the occupation of France by the allied forces he returned to Germany and was promoted to Companiechef in the Hannover army in 1826, to Oberstleutenant in 1848 and to the rank of Oberst in 1856.
Then in charge of the 5th Infantry Regiment, a position he exchanged for the post of Commandant in Lüneburg, which he held until 1866 when he retired from the army.
After his retirement he lived in Lüneburg honoured by His Majesty with the title of Generalmajor.
He was honoured with:
- the War Memorial medal for voluntarily joining the army in 1813
- the Hanseatic Honour medal
- the Waterloo medal
- the Ernst-August-Kreuz
- the Knight's Cross of the Guelfenorder
- the Knight's Cross of the Braunschweig order, Heinrich des Löwen (Henry the Lion) 2nd class.
Most characteristic for him were his seriousness and high devotion to duty, as well as nobility in character.
In addition he was endowed with qualities of heart and mind which captivated family and friends in a most charming way.
These outstanding human qualities will be held in loving memory in Lüneburg and beyond.