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Leslie William BUTLER

Regimental number2557
Date of birth--/07/1891
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressOakey, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinSister, Mrs M Neylon, Balaclava, Oakey, Queensland
Enlistment date8 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 9th Battalion
Promotion date: 28 June 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: 9th Battalion
Promotion date: 12 October 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 5 July 1916

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 6 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 11 May 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuopus gallantry when leading an attack. He assisted in bringing in a machine gun under heavy fire. After his party got back to our trenches he returned three times and brought in wounded, although exposed to continuous heavy shell and machine gun fire the whole time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176
Date: 30 November 1916

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his platoon in the attack with great initiative and good leadership. He took command of his company when all the other officers were casualties and led it to the final objective, which he consolidated and secured against counter attack. During the advance he saved the life of a wounded man who was loaded with Very lights and bombs, whose equipment was set on fire by a shell. He showed splendid courage and coolness throughout, which did much to insure the success of the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 120
Date: 7 August 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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