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William BUTLER

Regimental number893
Place of birthBallyhale, Kilkenny, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSoldier
AddressSandwell Street, Peterhead, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 10.5"
Weight196 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mabel T Butler, Sandwell Street, Peterhead, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 11 years in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery.
Enlistment date23 December 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name36th Heavy Artillery Group, 12th Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 10 May 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 May 1917
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 9 May 1917
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Heavy Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919
Discharge date14 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Australia, 8 May 1917; disembarked Suez, Egypt, 20 June 1917.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, Nevascar, 6 July 1917 (post hernia operation); transferred to 26th Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 14 July 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 18 July 1917; to Divisional Rest Camp, Moascar, 5 August 1917; marched out from Moascar, 20 August 1917; embarked Alexandria, 21 August 1917; marched in to Hurdcott Command Depot, England, 6 September 1917; marched in to Devonport, 22 September 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 28 November 1917; marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, France, 29 November 1917; marched out to unit, 11 December 1917; taken on strength of 36th Heavy Artillery Group, 14 December 1917; taken on strength of 1st Australian Service Bn, 8 May 1918.

Wounded in action, 16 August 1918; admitted to 93rd Field Ambulance and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 August 1918 (gun shot wound to chest); discharged and rejoined unit, 9 September 1918.

On leave to England, 5 December to 19 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, France, 23 December 1918; proceeded to England, 30 April 1919; disembarked Southampton, England, 6 May 1919; marched in to Sutton Veny Command Depot, 7 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Norman', 4 July 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 15 August 1919; discharged, 14 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUTLER William

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