Samuel Leonard BUTTLE

BUTTLE, Samuel Leonard

Service Number: 2343
Enlisted: 26 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Two Wells, South Australia, 7 March 1894
Home Town: Mallala, Mallala, South Australia
Schooling: Two Wells State & Mallala Public Schools, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Measles & Pneumonia, Egypt, 10 August 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dublin War Memorial, Long Plains Roll of Honour, Mallala District of Grace WW1 Roll of Honor, Mallala Public School Roll of Honor, Mallala War Memorial, Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4)
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World War 1 Service

26 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2343, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Kanowna embarkation_ship_number: A61 public_note: ''
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2343, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide

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Private S. L. Buttle, who died in Egypt on August 10 from pneumonia and measles, was the youngest son of the late Mr. A. J. and Mrs. Buttle, of Mallala. He enlisted in the 10th Battalion from Renmark in March last, and left Australia on June 24." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 02 Oct 1916 (

Biography contributed

Private Samuel Leonard Buttle (2343) was born in Dublin, SA, on 7th March, 1894 to Alfred and Hannah (nee Pratt). One of ten children, his father died in 1908 and was buried at Mallala. Samuel was only 14.

Samuel gave his trade as “farmer” when he took the oath and enlisted in the 10th Battalion, 7th Reinforcements, at the age of 21 years and one month on the 26th March, 1915 at Keswick. He was 5 ft 8 inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair. He was then sent for training to the camp at Mitcham. He left Adelaide on HMAT Kanowna on 23rd June and disembarked at Suez on 25th July.

Tragically, just a short time later, he was admitted to Choubra Infectious Hospital, Cairo. Epidemics of sickness had spread through the ships and the camps. He died on the 10th of August, 1915 of measles and pneumonia aged 21 years, 6 months. He was buried at the New Protestant Cemetery, Old Cairo, Egypt.

A brown paper parcel containing his effects was sent to his widowed mother.

He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. These have been donated to the Mallala Museum along with other memorabilia including his dog tag.

Courtesy of Laura Parsons