Service Number: 1611
Enlisted: 6 September 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sunbury, Victoria, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mill Hand
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World War 1 Service

6 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1611, 32nd Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 1611, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 1611, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
19 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 1611, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Ross Martin

James BUTLER was born in Sunbury, Victoria in 1884 and his family moved to WA.

James was working as a Mill Hand in the timber industry when he enlisted in the AIF on 6/9/1915 in Perth, WA.

His next of kin was his mother, Jane Butler of 15 Rowland Street, Subiaco, WA.

James left Adelaide aboard the HMAT Geelong on 18/11/1915 and in Egypt was allotted to the 32nd Battalion.

James travelled to France with this battalion and on 19/7/1916 took part in the Battle of Fromelles. James was wounded and captured during this battle and ended up in a POW camp in Stuttgart, Germany.

Because of his wounds he was repatriated to Switzerland on 27/11/1917 and returned to the UK on 7/12/1918.

James returned to Australia on 21/4/1919 and was discharged on 17/6/1919 in Perth.

In 1961 James was living in Holyoake, WA, and in 1964 was living at 37 Murray Street, Pinjarra, WA.

James younger brother Frank was also born in Sunbury, Victoria and was a member of the 32nd Battalion.

He was killed in action on 3/9/1918 at Mont St Quentin and is buried at the Peronne Communal Cemetery, France.