William BUTLER

Badge Number: 77340, Sub Branch: Pt Adelaide
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BUTLER, William

Service Number: 893
Enlisted: 23 December 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 36th Heavy Artillery Group
Born: Ballyhale, Kilkenny, Ireland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Peterhead, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

23 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 893, 36th Heavy Artillery Group, Adelaide, South Australia
9 May 1917: Involvement Gunner, SN 893, 36th Heavy Artillery Group
9 May 1917: Embarked Gunner, SN 893, 36th Heavy Artillery Group, HMAT Port Sydney, Sydney
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Gunner, SN 893
Date unknown: Wounded SN 893, 36th Heavy Artillery Group

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Address-Sandwell Street, Peterhead, South Australia

Age at embarkation 32
Next of kin-Wife, Mrs Mabel T Butler, Sandwell Street, Peterhead, South Australia

Served for 11 years in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery.
Enlistment date 23 December 1916
Place of enlistment Adelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistment Gunner

36th Heavy Artillery Group, 12th Reinforcements

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 10 May 1917
Embarkation details-The records vary-
Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May 1917
Embarkation details
Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 9 May 1917
Embarkation details
Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 9 May 1917

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Australia, 8 May 1917; disembarked Suez, Egypt, 20 June 1917.

Admitted to Field Ambulance, Nevascar, 6 July 1917 (post hernia operation); transferred to 26th Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 14 July 1917; to 14th Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 18 July 1917; to Divisional Rest Camp, Moascar, 5 August 1917; marched out from Moascar, 20 August 1917; embarked Alexandria, 21 August 1917; marched in to Hurdcott Command Depot, England, 6 September 1917; marched in to Devonport, 22 September 1917; proceeded overseas to France, 28 November 1917; marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, France, 29 November 1917; marched out to unit, 11 December 1917; taken on strength of 36th Heavy Artillery Group, 14 December 1917; taken on strength of 1st Australian Service Bn, 8 May 1918.

Wounded in action, 16 August 1918; admitted to 93rd Field Ambulance and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 August 1918 (gun shot wound to chest); discharged and rejoined unit, 9 September 1918.

On leave to England, 5 December to 19 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, France, 23 December 1918; proceeded to England, 30 April 1919; disembarked Southampton, England, 6 May 1919; marched in to Sutton Veny Command Depot, 7 May 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Norman', 4 July 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 15 August 1919; discharged, 14 September 1919.

He is honoured on the Kilkenny, MacDonagh Station-Kilkenny World War I Memorial

There is also a William James Butler from Kilkenny on the Kilkenny Peace Park Memorial.

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