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Harold Raynor BUTTERSS

Regimental number2824
Place of birthSurrey Hills, Victoria
OccupationTea packer
Address15 Invermay Grove, Auburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kathleen Butterss, 22 Cluden Street, Brighton, Victoria
Enlistment date26 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/14/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 18 October 1918

FateNo details of fate entered on Nominal Roll

Military Medal

'During the attack on MONTBREHAIN, north of ST. QUENTIN on 5th October, 1918, he acted as a runner between Battalion Headquarters and front line. During the day he did several arduous trips under heavy shell and machine gun fire to each sector of the Battalion line. He not only delivered the messages, but on each return to Battalion Headquarters was able to give the Commanding Officer precise information as to locality and condition of the various posts. By making an intelligent personal reconnaissance of the front each forward trip he contributed to the success of the operation much more than his specific duties demanded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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