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Colin Hope BUTLER

Regimental number2030
Date of birth--/02/1892
Place of birthKilcoy Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrazier
AddressKilcoy, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice Vere Butler, Saltern Creek, Barcaldine, Queensland
Enlistment date2 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 7 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: INF41
Promotion date: 20 January 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: INF41
Promotion date: 16 July 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

Bar to Military Cross


Recommendation date: 19 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a platoon in piquet line, when by his fine leadership and the manner in which he controlled his platoon fire, he greatly assisted in the severe defeat which the enemy suffered. He also rendered valuable assistance to the platoons on his flanks, and his marked courage and cheerfulness throughout the whole operations greatly inspired all ranks with him.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer led a night patrol into the enemy's lines with great dash, rushing a hostile post, killing nine, and taking two prisoners. He had previously visitied two posts without finding the enemy, but he persevered in order to bring back identifications. He brought back his patrol without any casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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