Colin ( Dave) Boutty
13th November 2015

Colin was the Webmaster and made this Web Site

The Kesteral Duo

The music being played is
Orange Blossom
Sung by Colin and Wife Margaret

Click on any photo to enlarge it

This ferret is now in Duxford War Museum Cambridge

Joe Eastwood
Lancashire Fusiliers

I am honoured and privileged to be asked to speak a few words on behalf of the Lancashire Fusiliers at the Funeral for my dear Brother in Law Colin David Boutty.

I First met Colin when he was just 17.
I had fallen for his older sister Vivienne and she told me about this rather different brother she had, who was amazingly bright, intelligent and headstrong.
He was all that and more.
From the minute we met, we liked each other and a brotherhood of over 50 years was formed.
Colin was then a bit of a handful to say the least and between his Mum and the local magistrate it was decided that he would be better employed in the Army
I was serving in the Lancashire Fusiliers and by sheer good fortune he was posted to us as our Vehicle mechanic.
He came to South America with me and later to Hong Kong,  and the times I bailed him out of trouble are too numerous to relate.
His problem was that he found it difficult to take orders from people he did not respect, and if he had no respect for you, he told you, and that included some fairly senior Army Officers.
One of his numerous escapades came when he was interviewed by an ex RSM,
who was by then the MTO. He realised by Colin's reputation that Colin needed careful handling and because he had done a "Man Management Course" he decided to make the interview as informal as possible. "Sit down Boutty, now then, we can be frank with each other and completely off the record we can see what the problem is. I Don't think you like me very much do you? " Colin then, having been assured that he could be frank and speak his mind, told the MTO in a few short Anglo Saxon words his opinion of him. Colin then was appalled to find himself once more in the guardroom. Not a year went by when he did not repeat this story to me, he was so livid that the man broke his word.
So a lengthy Army career then was not on the cards for Colin!

A man of infinite charm and warmth, deeply intelligent and gifted with a musical talent I was to envy all my life .

Many will not know that he once earned quite a good living, he and Margaret duetting country music in pubs and clubs.

He was a prize winning photographer, and again, once earned his living from this skill.
One of his many gifts which he freely shared was in the early grasp of what was then new technology. I had the idea of a Lancashire Fusilier web site, and he immediately threw himself into enabling me to build the wonderful site we enjoy today. Along the way during the past 15 or so years, he not only was our webmaster, but he visited many homes of LF veterans to help with setting up or solving an IT problem.

He leaves us with some wonderful gifted and charming children and grand children and a million happy memories  to treasure.

I shall miss him.

Bye my good friend I hope you like this page Colin I could not have done it without you Dennis

The messages below have been left on The Lancashire Fusiliers MessageBoard for Colin
Who by creating this wonderful website which bought so many Lancashire Fusiliers back in touch with each other

Joe Eastwood

I have the very sad duty to tell his many friends that my dear brother in law, Colin( Dave) Boutty died this morning at home.
As many of you know, Colin was with myself a founder member of the LF web site, and provided the early technical expertise without which I could not have created the site.

Further details once I have them.
My deepest condolences to his family and to all who new and loved him...

God Bless Col, now with your lovely beautiful sister Vivienne

Omnia Audax XX


tragic loss indeed rest in peace colin you will be missed by all ben bedingfield and family

Cliff Tilley

We are so sad to her of the loss of our Dear Frend Colin, he was a True gentleman and will be sadly missed, Our deepest condolences to all his family God bless. Cliff and Family


A sad loss indeed to his family and many friends of the Fusiliers.GOD BLESS HIM. JMcC

David Platt-Welfare & Liaison,

Rest in Peace Colin,
My deepest sympathy's to his Family and all who knew and loved him.
God Bless him,
Dave & Barbara


I could never find word to say,of this tragic loss
Rest in peace now Colin
Deepest sympathy to Colins family

John Scotson

Rest in Peace Colin and Deepest Condolences to his Family. We have lost a good Man and a Loyal Comrade

Brian (rusty3578)

im just shocked to hear that colin has died he was a gentleman ,he was to young to die .My deepest condolences to his family and circle of friends he will be missed on

(Rusty3578) as brian ) from cork ireland

William Ray

So sorry to hear the passing of Colin.
Condolences to his family.
Never met him but like Bill had a good rapport with him,had a great sense of humor .
R.I.P.Colin. Bill Ray and family.

Les ingham

Rest in peace Colin.....a great comrade of all Fusiliers, a true ambassador and supporter of the site and clearly a devoted family will be missed by all. A sad day indeed....Les

Cliff Tilley

What a true gentleman Colin was, even though he was so ill he took the trouble to send me a birthday message, That was Colin he thought of others before himself, Rest in peace dear Friend you will be so missed, Cliff and Family

Larry Parkes

Shirley and I send our sincere condolences to Colin's family.Stand Easy.
You will be sadly missed by all.
Colin (Larry) and Shirley

ralph reather

Dear Joe , my condolences to you and to Colin's family on what must be a devastating loss . Ralph

Dennis Laverick

So sad Colin taught me how to use a computer and how to do the web site always there when I have a problem with the computer nothing to much trouble RIP Mate Stand easy your job is done. There is a Black Band round the front page of the website in your honour.

Peter Barton

The world is a poorer place with the loss of a good man deepest sympathy and condolences from the Barton family rest easy Colin Peter

Geoff Pycroft

Such sad news. A gentleman and always a pleasure to be in his company. Our condolences to the extended family.
Geoff an
d Rita P

Geordie taylor

So sorry to hear about Colin Sympathy and Condolences to the family.RIP Colin dear friend

des sinclair

A true gentleman, RIP Collin. My deepest condolences to his family.

Brian Oldham

Rest In Peace Colin. A True Friend to all who new him. Our condolences to his family and friends. Brian and Pat.

Tom Hussey

R.I.P.Colin,Words fail me mate,god bless.Condolences to family and friends. Tom H.

Maurice Taylor

How sad, how very sad. I never has the privilege of meeting Colin other than through the internet but he struck me as being a sincere and fine man. Joe, my condolences to you and Colin's family on your tragic loss. Such a great shame.
Last week I too lost a good friend who died because of a wasp sting. One never knows what the future holds

norman burkitt

Am in shock. Just awful. He has done so much for the Fusiliers and liked by all. Condolences to Joe and all the family. R.I.P friend

Michael Murray

I was truly shocked to read of Colin's unexpected death on Facebook this morning.

Only a few days ago I had received one of his regular witty & irreverent emails that I will miss greatly.

My heartfelt sympathy goes to his daughters & family & his brother in law, Joe. Both of us were indebted to Colin [then Dave] for the skilful manner in which he kept our aging scout cars on the road in Hong Kong. The Band of Brothers mourns another passing.

bill duffy

I nver had the pleasure of meeting Colin but we hd a good rapport online.....My condolences to his family.. Sad news today. RIP Colin......Bill Duffy

Pete Delahunty

R I P Colin deepest symphathy to your family

John tierneyI

yes Joe so sad news indeed my deepest sympathy and condolences to his family

Michael Rae

My sincere condolences to Colin's family at this very sad time. Colin will be surely missed by all that knew him. R.I.P. Colin
Omnia Audax XXth

Colin Fletcher

R.I.P. Colin a candle has been lit for you in Salford Cathedral God Bless. Colin