George Arthur BUTTERICK

BUTTERICK, George Arthur

Service Number: 2342
Enlisted: 30 March 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Appila, South Australia, 24 April 1893
Home Town: Tarcowie, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, Albert, France, 23 July 1916, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot V (5), Row C, Grave No.25. Also commemorated in Tarcowie Cemetery with his parents. His name is located at panel 58 in the Commemorative Area of AWM, Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Warloy-Baillon, Picardie, France, Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Beaumont Hamel, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Orroroo District Roll of Honour WW1, Orroroo War Memorial, Pekina War Memorial, Tarcowie Cheer Up Society to the Soldiers Memorial Hall Roll of Honor, Tarcowie Memorial Hall Honour Roll, TarcowieM*
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World War 1 Service

30 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2342, Keswick, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2342, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2342, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kanowna, Adelaide
11 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2342, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2342, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Born: 24 March 1893, in Appila (near Tarcowie), South Australia (Birth Records South Australia 1842 - 1906 Book: 518 Page: 422 District: Fro.)

Father Daniel BUTTERICK  (d. 24/3/1935) and Mother Elizabeth Butterick (nee STAGG) (d. 21/9/1941) both buried in Tarcowie Cemetery.
George lived with his parents and siblings at Appila, prior to enlisting.

Sister:      Alice Butterick  (b. 26/4/1887 Appila - d. ____)
                (SA birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 395 Page: 123 District: Fro.)
Brother:    Ernest Daniel Butterick  (b. Feb 1889 Appila - d. 10/9/1919)
Brother:   Walter William Butterick  (b. 15/4/1891 Appila - d. ____)
                (SA birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 477 Page: 362 District: Fro.)
George Arthur Butterick  (b. 24/3/1893 Appila - d. KIA 23/7/1916 France)
                (SA birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 518 Page: 422 District: Fro.)
Brother:   James Raymond Butterick  (b. 6/2/1895 Appila - d. ______)
                (SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 558 Page: 344 District: Fro.)
Brother:   Victor Stanley Butterick  (b. 15/8/1896 Appila - d. _____)
                (SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 590 Page: 492 District: Fro.)
Brother:   Ralph Ragner Butterick  (b. 7/7/1898 Appila - d. ___)
                (SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 626 Page: 150 District: Fro.)
Brother:   Albert Powell Butterick  (b. 11/7/1900 - d. 22/7/1900 Appila, SA)
                (SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 661 Page: 137 District: Fro.)
Brother:   Frank Gordon Butterick  (b. 11/1/1904 Pekina - d. ____)
                (SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 724 Page: 10 District: Fro.)

Next of kin in service:
Eldest brother: S4512 Pte Ernest Daniel BUTTERICK 2nd Depot Battalion
                       suffered from double pneumonia, unable to leave Australia
                       10/9/1919  passed away, buried in Tarcowie Cemetery

Brother:           2331 Pte James Raymond BUTTERICK 10th Battalion
                       enlisted 25/6/1915 - embarked 13/10/1915
                       returned to Australia, 14/12/1918

Cousin (1st):    1899 Pte Leslie Monah BUTTERICK  (from Solomontown, SA) 27th Battalion
                       enlisted 19/5/1915 - embarked 26/8/1915
                       killed in action, Pozieres, France, 4/8/1916

Described on enlisting as 22 years old; single; 5' 6" tall; 145 lbs; dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair; Methodist

29/3/1915      completed medical - fit for service

30/3/1915      Enlisted in Adelaide with older brother S4512 Ernest Daniel Butterick

16/4/1915      Commanding Officer appointed George to
                       Base Infantry, 10th Infantry, 7th reinforcements
                       Mitcham Camp

23/6/1915      Embarked on board HMAT A61 Kanowna from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide SA
                       as a Private with the 10th Battalion, 7th reinforcements

11/9/1915       proceeded to join Mediteranean Expeditionary Forces (MEF)

17/9/1915       taken on strength from reinforcements into 10th Battalion, GALLIPOLI

The 10th Battalion was heavily involved in establishing and defending the front line of the Anzac position, and served there until the evacuation in December.

After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the 10th Battalion returned to Egypt.

3/12/1915      Sick to hospital - Jaundice
                       admitted to No. 3 Australian General Hospital, Mudros & Lemnos, Greece
16/12/1915     transferred to Sarpi
20/12/1915     disembarked ex HMT Seang Bee, into Alexandria
27/1/1916       to hospital sick, mumps - Serapeum

28/1/1916      Sick to hospital - paolitis
                       admitted to No.4 Base Hospital - Ismalia
                       transferred to hospital - No.1 Auxillary Hospital, Cairo
7/3/1916        rejoined unit, Serapeum

In March 1916, the 10th Battalion sailed for France and the Western Front.

27/3/1916      proceeding to join BEF, ex Alexandria
3/4/1916        disembarked into Marseilles, France

The battalion’s first major action in France was at Pozières in the Somme valley
from 23/7/1916 (finishing 7/8/1916).

23/7/1916      Died of wounds received in action
                      at 1/2 South Midland Field Ambulance, in the field, France
buried in:        Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 25
                      Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Picardie, France
                      5 miles west of Albert

29 July 1916 - in Charles Bean, diary (

"Pozières has been a terrible sight all day … The men were simply turned in there as into some ghastly giant mincing machine. They have to stay there while shell after huge shell descends with a shriek close beside them … each shrieking tearing crash bringing a promise to each man – instantaneous – I will tear you into ghastly wounds – I will rend your flesh and pulp an arm or a leg – fling you half a gaping quivering man (like those that you see smashed around you one by one) to lie there rotting and blackening like all the things you saw by the awful roadside, or in that sickening dusty crater."

1914-15 Star (4066); British War medal (14883); Victory medal (14825);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (306070).

Thank you to Mrs Barbara Parri (dec) and Mrs Kaye B Bottrall, from Jamestown, SA, for the portrait and memorial card.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  30/1/2015.  Lest we forget.