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John Thomas BUTLER

Regimental number2571
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolState School, Pleasant St, Ballarat West, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationO Gardener
AddressBallarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 9.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Butler, Kelsowood, Crompton Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 December 1915
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Sarah BUTLER, 'Kelsowood', Crompton Street, Ballarat North, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1795 Pte Joseph Asquith BUTLER, 39th Bn, returned to Australia, 26 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 6th Bn, Lemos, 31 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916.

Admitted to No 11 Casualty Clearing Station, Serapeum (cellulite); transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 25 March 1916 (erysipelas); discharged to duty, 9 April 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn from 2nd Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 April 1916; taken on strength of 58th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, 'buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 660512, 2472 Pte F.J. RYAN, Machine Gun Section, 58th Bn, 28 February 1917: 'On the 19th July after a raid at Fleurbaix informant saw Butler's name on the killed list in the postman's office. There were a number of identification discs hanging there, Informant says Butler's was among them, and he particularly noticed it because he knew him so well.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUTLER John Thomas
Red Cross file 660512

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