Arthur John BUTCHER


BUTCHER, Arthur John

Service Number: 1051
Enlisted: 29 June 1915, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 31st Infantry Battalion
Born: Burstow, England, 1894
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurseryman
Died: Killed In Action, Bellicourt, France, 29 September 1918
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Bellicourt British Cemetery, Bellicourt, Picardie, France, Ronssoy Communal Cemetery, Ronssoy, Peronne, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

29 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1051, Broadmeadows, Victoria
9 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1051, 31st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1051, 31st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Melbourne
29 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 31st Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 1051, 31st Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood
29 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1051, 31st Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...1051 Private Arthur John Butcher, A Company, 31st Battalion. Originally from Banbury, England, Pte Butcher, nurseryman of Middle Brighton, Victoria, enlisted on 29 June 1915 and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Wandilla for Egypt. His unit relocated to the Western Front, France during June 1916. He was wounded in action on 1 November 1916 and rejoined his unit three weeks later. In March 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal and promoted to Corporal on 1 October 1917. In October 1917 he was commended for gallant service in Australian Military Orders and recommended for award of the Military Medal for his actions at Polygon Wood however, the medal was not awarded. In September 1918 he was promoted to Temporary Sergeant (T/Sgt). T/Sgt Butcher was killed in action at Bellicourt, France, on 29 September 1918. He was aged 24 years." - SOURCE (