Rupert Godfrey BUTTERWORTH

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BUTTERWORTH, Rupert Godfrey

Service Number: 2126
Enlisted: 4 January 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hay, New South Wales, Australia, 1891
Home Town: Hay, New South Wales
Schooling: Hay Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 26 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers KIA Honour Roll, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers Who Served Abroard Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2126, 56th Infantry Battalion
4 Sep 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2126, 56th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
4 Sep 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2126, 56th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Sydney, Sydney
26 Sep 1917: Involvement Corporal, SN 2126, 56th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His younger brother, Lieutenant Frank Alexander Butterworth MM, 4th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, was killed in action, France, 16 October 1918.

Methodist (Sydney, NSW) 17 November 1917. PRIVATE RUPERT G. BUTTERWORTH.

Word has been received by Mr. W. G. Butterworth, of Hay, that his son, Rupert G. Butterworth, has been killed in action in France. The sad news has cast a gloom over the town where the name of Butterworth has been so long and honourably known. Deep sympathy is felt with the family in their loss of so devoted and faithful a son and brother. Rupert entered the teaching profession, passing through the Sydney High School and then entering the Teachers' Training College. He was subsequently appointed to the Hay. District School, serving there with great acceptance and credit for four years. During this time, he gained continually in the respect and esteem of those who knew him. He was a faithful member of the Hay Methodist Church, and held the position of choirmaster at the time of his enlistment. He joined the colours at the call of pure duty. He was of a gentle disposition, devoted to his family and friends — indeed, was one of nature's gentlemen. The chivalry of his nature was beautifully shown to the last in his letter home and to his mother. Much sympathy is felt with Mr. and Mrs. Butterworth and with the family. 

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