|Birth:||28 February 1864|
West Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, UK
|Death:||8 March 1974|
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, UK
|Age:||110 years, 8 days|
Frederick Victor Butterfield (28 February 1864 – 8 March 1974) was a British supercentenarian who, at the time of his death, was the world's oldest living man whose age has been subsequently validated by the Gerontology Research Group.
Butterfield was born in West Leeds, West Yorkshire, England on 28 February 1864. He qualified as a chemist in 1885 after training for five years. He retired from pharmacy at the age of 99, according to the 1974 Guinness Book of Records. However he continued to own his pharmacy until 1970, when his son died. An electroencephalogram was performed on Butterfield before his death. The doctors concluded that his brain activity was comparable to a healthy person aged 70–75. He died in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England on 8 March 1974, eight days after his 110th birthday
British and European Records
Butterfield became the oldest living man in the United Kingdom following the death of John Leng in 1969. Following Butterfield's death, James Harrow became the UK's oldest living man.
Butterfield became the oldest living person in both the UK and Europe following the death of Alice Stevenson on 18 August 1973. Following his death, Rose Heeley became the oldest living person in both the UK and Europe.
At the time of his death, Butterfield was the second-oldest British man ever (after John Mosley Turner) as well as the seventh-oldest British person overall.
Butterfield became the oldest validated living man in the world following the death of Friedrich Wedeking of West Germany on 5 May 1973. However, this title may be retroactively retracted as Isaac Edwards, whose age is pending validation by the GRG, claimed to have been nearly three months older.
Following Butterfield's death, Frenchman Jean Teillet became the world's oldest living man.
- Mr Frederick Butterfield, The Times, 11 March 1974, p.14.
- Chronological Listing Of All Supercentenarians Gerontology Research Group
- 1860s Gallery Gerontology Research Group
- All Validated British Supercentenarians Oldest in Britain
|United Kingdom's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
George Stanforth • John Mosley Turner • John Leng • Frederick Butterfield • James Harrow • Ernest Oxley • Harry Durrant • Arthur Emanuel • James Sellers • Walter Sandford • George Simms • Henry Norman • John Orton • Alfred Grant • John Evans • Samuel Crabbe • Joseph Randle • Jesse Yewdall • William Proctor • David Davies • Vinson Gulliver • David Henderson • Harry Halford • William Lee • Frederick Moore • Harry Laverick • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-Dydynski • Henry Allingham • Harry Patch • Stanley Lucas • Edward Anderson • Reg Dean • Ralph Tarrant • Harold Bracher • Frank Simes • John Mansfield • Alf Smith • Bob Weighton • Harry Fransman • John Tinniswood