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William Thomas BUTLER

Regimental number2113
Place of birthGunbar New South Wales
SchoolGunbar Public School, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Address381 High Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs. C. Butler, 381 High Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date15 April 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 RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAwarded the Military Medal.
FateDied of wounds 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingHamel, France
Age at death26.4
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot XII, Row A, Grave No. 7), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
68
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry George and Catherine BUTLER, 133 Thistle Street, Bendigo, Victoria. Born at Gunbar, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'Is recommended for gallant conduct and devotion to duty as a linesman in the operations near ZONEBEKE on 26th September, 1917. It is to the linesmen that the credit is due for the excellence of the signal communications throughout the advance. Out on the lines continuously, under the heaviest shell fire and through the fiercest barrages, BUTLER did all that was humanly possible to keep the wires going. On occasions he established "test stations" by "tapping in" along the route and waiting in shell holes. His brave and skilful work calls for very high recommendation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 6718 Pte Henry George BUTLER, 8th Bn, died of wounds, 11 August 1918; 1153A Pte Roy BUTLER, 20th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 January 1919.

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