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Spencer Norman BUTTFIELD

Regimental number3481
Place of birthBeltana, South Australia
SchoolWagin State School, Western Australia
Address152 Carr Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs Helen Jane Buttfield, 152 Carr Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 25 October 1915. Embarked with the 28th Bn, 8th Reinforcements, 17 January 1916. Entered the line in France, 16 April 1916. He was shot at night at Armentieres, and died at Bailleul, France. "His CO wrote to his mother commending him on his devotion and fortitude in suppressing any cries that would betray the wiring party to the enemy." (details from brother)
FateDied of wounds 31 May 1916
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Felix and Helen BUTTFIELD, 13 Alfonso Street, North Perth, Western Australia. native of Beltana, South Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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