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Patrick BUTLER

Regimental number2814
Place of birthDublin, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPlumber
Address13 Faveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 4"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Catherine Butler, 13 Faveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 June 1916
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 25 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date27 January 1920
Other details

First enlisted 7 February 1916, Mining Corps, 3rd Company; did not embark.

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Sydney, 25 November 1916; disembarked, Devonport, England, 25 January 1917; marched out to Wareham, 25 January 1917; marched into 9th Training Bn from Sutton Mandeville, Larkhill, 3 March 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital (cut right ankle), 15 April 1917; discharged to Depot, 24 April 1917; marched into 9th Training Bn from Hospital, 24 April 1917.

Found guilty, 21 May 1917, of (1) being absent without leave from 8 am, 10 May 1917, until apprehended at 8:45 pm, 17 May 1917: awarded 8 day's Field Punishment No 2; forfeits 14 days' pay.

Reported absent without leave, 21 May 1917.

Admitted to Bulford Dermatological Hospital (venereal disease), 18 June 1918; discharged to 9th Training Bn, 26 July 1917, total period of treatment for venereal disease: 39 days.

Found guilty, 29 July 1917, of (1) while undergoing Field Punishment No 2 on, 22 May 1917, remaining absent until surrendering himself to Military Police at London at 9:30 pm, 17 June 1917, note period from, 18 June 1917, to, 26 July 1917, spent in Bulford Hospital: awarded 27 days' detention, forfeits 54 days' pay.

Marched into 9th Training Bn from Detention Barracks, 22 August 1917; reported absent without leave from, 24 September 1917; apprehended, 25 October 1917; absent without leave from, 27 October 1917; declared an illegal absentee, 18 October 1917; apprehended, 31 January 1918; absent without leave, 17 February 1918; declared an illegal absentee, 12 March 1918; apprehended, 16 September 1918; marched out to Lewis Detention Barracks from Fovant, 9 October 1918.

District General Court Martial, held at Fovant, 30 September 1918, charges: (1) absent without leave from, 23 September 1917, until apprehended at London at 6:15 am, 24 October 1917; (2) when on active service deserting his Majesty's Service from 12:20 am, 27 October 1917, until apprehended in London at 6 pm, 31 January 1918; (3) being absent without leave from 4 am, 17 February 1918, until apprehended in London at 11 pm, 16 September 1918; findings: guilty of all charges, 2nd charged guilty of absence without leave; sentence: 2 years' detention; forfeited 1,103 days' pay.

Discharged from Lewes Detention Barracks to Codford Command Depot, 24 May 1919, 494 days remaining on sentence now remitted; marched into Codford Command Depot, 26 May 1919; reported absent without leave from, 25 June 1919, apprehended, 2 July 1919; reported absent without leave from, 16 June 1919; returned from being absent without leave, 23 June 1919; reported absent without leave from, 6 July 1919; apprehended, 18 August 1919; declared an illegal absentee, 23 August 1919.

District General Court Martial, held at Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, Sutton Veny, 9 September 1919, charges: (1) absenting himself without leave in that he at Codford at 11:59 pm, 21 June 1919, absented himself without leave until he was apprehended at Paddington at 11:30 am, 23 June 1919; (2) absenting himself without leave from Codford at 8 pm, 25 June 1919, until apprehended at Paddington on, 2 July 1919; (3) absenting himself without leave from Codford at 9 am, 7 July 1919, until apprehended in London at 1:30 pm, 18 August 1919; findings: guilty on all three charges except charge 3 he was absent from , 26 July 1919, until, 18 August 1919; sentence: 50 days' detention.

Admitted to Lewis Detention Barracks, 16 September 1919; discharged to Sutton Veny Command Depot, 13 October 1919, 8 days' remaining on sentence remitted; marched into Sutton Veny Command Depot, 23 October 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Aeneas', 22 November 1919.

Admitted to Ship Hospital (sick), at sea, 13 December 1919; discharged, 18 December 1919; disembarked, Sydney, 12 January 1920; discharged, Sydney, 27 January 1920.

Medal: British War Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUTLER Patrick

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