Arthur Button

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Air Vice Marshal Arthur Daniel Button CB OBE (26 May 1916 - 27 May 1991) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom.

He was educated at Ilford County High School and University College, Southampton (later the University of Southampton; BSc Hons (Lond.)).

He joined the RAF Educational Service in 1938. He married Eira Waterhouse in 1944. He was on general duties, (1941-1946); his pilot experience during this time was mainly for instructional purposes.[1] In 1946 he received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air, and returned to the RAF Education Branch. He was a senior maths instructor until 1949, followed by other varied duties such as armament staff officer at HQ Bomber Command. He rose to become Director of the RAF Educational Services 1972-1976]].

After his retirement, he was director of the Association of Recognized English Language Schools (ARELS) Examinations Trust, 1976-1986. He was a member of the council of the RAF Benevolent Fund and the RAF Association, 1980-1989]] and the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund, 1983-1991. He was Honorary President, ARELS-FELCO (Federation of English Language Course Organizations), from 1990 and a governor of the Duke of Kent School, 1981-1986.

He was awarded the OBE in 1959 and CB in 1976.


  1. Arthur Button entry in Who's Who 1976


  • Who's Who 1976