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Francis BUTLER

Regimental number20
Date of birth3 May 1887
Place of birthDiamond Creek, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Age at embarkation26.8
Height5' 4"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Butler, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on the grounds of being medically unfit)
Enlistment date4 February 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 27 July 1918
Place of burialMenin Road South Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row A1, Grave No 22), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3007 Driver Walter BUTLER, 57th Bn, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Remained with Transport Section, 27th Bn, Heliopolis, 4 September 1915, while bulk of Bn went to Gallipoli.

Rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Found guilty, 22 August 1916, of (1) drunkenness; (2) failing to obey an order in that he was absent from his billet, 19 August 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Remustered as Pte, 22 August 1916.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 10 November 1916 (aedema feet); transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 November 1916; to 11th Stationary Hospital, 12 november 1916; to England, 14 November 1916, and admitted to hospital (details not recorded); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 29 November 1916.

Found guilty, Perham Downs, 15 January 1917, of being absent without leave from 3.30 pm, 12 January, to 9.30 pm, 14 January 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to camp and foreited 3 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 June 1917.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 17 June 1917 (scabies); discharged to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, 22 June 1917.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, 7 July 1917 (impetigo); discharged to Base Depot, 11 July 1917; rejoined 27th Bn, in the field, 18 July 1917.

Wounded in action, 20 September 1917, and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance.

Died of wounds, 20 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.

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