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Ernest Alfred BUTCHER

Regimental number2103
Place of birthPenge England
OccupationTelephone linesman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinSister, Miss M. Butcher, The Lines, Warbech Road, Annerley, London, England
Enlistment date3 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 14 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 16 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919

Military Medal

'He was in charge of a Lewis Gun section during the attack on the German lines South of BULLECOURT, on the 11th April, 1917. He guided his section to the second objective and quickly selecting a position opened fire on the retreating enemy causing them heavy losses. When forced to retire he took up successive positions firing on the advancing enemy, greatly delaying them. When forced through concentrated machine gun fire and bombs to abandon his gun and retire, he first removed an important part of the gun rendering it useless. By his coolness and bravery he rendered most valuable service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

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