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William Edward BUTCHER

Regimental number2579
Place of birthArmadale, Western Australia
AddressArmadale, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs H S Butcher, Armadale, Western Australia
Enlistment date25 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Medal of St.George 4th Class

Recommendation date: 21 August 1916

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 28 August 1916

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919

Military Medal

'During at attack on a German Trench near MOUQUET FARM on the night of 14th/15th August, 1916, this man showed splendid initiative. When all the N.C.O.s of his platoon were either killed or wounded, he took command, rallied the remainder of the men, ordered them to dig in and held on until day light, after which he withdrew them skilfully to our own trench. Also, during day light on the morning of 25th August, 1916, under fire, he assisted in bringing in 5 wounded men from No Man's Land to shelter within our lines.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Medal of St. George - 4th Class (Russia)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Family/military connectionsBrother: 6414 Corporal Henry BUTCHER, 51st Bn, returned to Australia, 31 July 1919.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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