He then joined the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in 1946 during World War II. In 1947 was awarded the Albert Medal, then, with the George Cross. Later, all holders of the Albert Medal were ordered to exchange that medal for the George Cross.
Butson died at the age of 92 on 24 March 2015.
- Richard Butson, GC - obituary telegraph.co.uk, 24 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015