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Arthur Graham BUTLER

Date of birth25 May 1872
Place of birthKilcoy, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical practioner
AddressWickham Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation42
Next of kinWife, Mrs A G Butler, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name9th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollColonel
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Promotions

Lieutenant Colonel


Unit: 3rd Field Ambulance
Promotion date: 20 November 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: 25-29 April 1915

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251, 5 August 1915; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133, 28 October 1915.

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).
Recommendation date: 12 October 1916

Mention in Despatches


Not awarded.
Recommendation date: 30 September 1917

Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'During operations in the neighbourhood of Gaba Tepe on 25th April, 1915, and subsequent dates, for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attending wounded under heavy fire, continuously displaying courage of a high order.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No.
Date: 3 July 1915

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

In one of the first boats to land at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915. The only medical officer to be awarded the DSO at Gallipoli, where he remained until October 1915. Proceeded to France, April 1916; commanded 3rd Field Ambulance; appointed to command 3rd Australian General Hospital, July 1918. Author of the official medical history, on which he started work in 1923. Medals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 February 1949
Age at death76
Place of burialSt John's Churchyard (Section B, Row 1, Grave No. 682), Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

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