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Regimental number3267
Place of birthFitzroy, Victoria
Other NamesArthur Ormond
SchoolState School No 2686, South Road, Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address58 York Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 4.75"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Butler, 58 York Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve from 1907.
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ormond and Julia BUTLER; husband of Sarah J. Wagland (formerly BUTLER), 58 York Street, South Melbourne, VIctoria
Family/military connectionsNephew: 4654 Pte William George STAVELEY, 58th Bn, died of disease, 12 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 7th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 January 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 February 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916.

Now, 15 September 1916, to be reported as 'Wounded and Missing, 19 July 1916'.

Now, 24 October 1916, to be reported as 'Missing, 19 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, 'presume buried in No Man's Land at approx 5J9043 to 5K0251 Sheet Hazebrouck 5a'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 660310, 4914 Pte A. WICKHAM, B Company, 59th Bn (patient, Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, England), 15 March 1917: 'Pte Crealman (sic; CREELMAN] B. Coy told me he had seen Butler shot through the head and killed with a machine gun bullet at Fromelles on July 19/16.'

Second statement, 2142 Pte K. CREELMAN, 59th Bn, 9 April 1917: ' There was a Butler of the same name and number killed on the 19th July 1916, he was laying out with me and was killed by my side.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUTLER Arthur
Red Cross file 660310

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