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William James BUTLER

Regimental number5979
Place of birthCo Kilkenny, Ireland
SchoolCatholic School
Age on arrival in Australia24
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressOaklands, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs B Butler,Wildfield, County Kilkenny Ballyfoyle, Ireland
Enlistment date6 March 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 October 1917
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name William James
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XLII, Row A, Grave No. 4), Passchendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Mrs Bridget BUTLER, Wildfield, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. Native of Tullabrin, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to france, 13 December 1916; taken on strength, 1st Bn, 18 December 1916.

Wounded in action, 4 May 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm and right leg), and admitted to 5th Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 4 May 1917; to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 5 May 1917; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 7 May 1917; discharged to Base Details, 10 May 1917; rejoined unit, 21 May 1917.

Missing in action, Belgium, 3 October 1917; Court of Enquiry, 22 March 1918, determined fate as killed in action.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUTLER William James

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