Rifleman

John Butler

Conflict: 
WW1
References:
  • CWGC
  • Archives New Zealand
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This is my brief biography on John Butler. Corrections welcome: 624 Trooper, 5 Company, 3rd NZMR Contingent Killed in action 27/8/1900 at Winburg Born ~1872 at Bald Hill Flat, Otago. Son of John and Mary Butler. Employed by William Woffatt on his station at Beaconsfield near Timaru prior to volunteering for service in South Africa. Enlisted 10/2/1900 at Addington. Sailed on the Knight Templar 17/2/1900. On arrival at East London, the men of the Third Contingent entrained for Aliwal North to prepare for their first trek. It was here that Butler was sentenced by Field Court Martial to be ‘discharged with ignominy’. The reason for this remains unclear. Butler subsequently joined the Queenstown Rifle Volunteers (QVR), a locally-raised unit who were serving in the same column as the New Zealanders, marching to relieve the siege of Wepener. On 27th August, the QVR were at Winburg when they were attacked by a force of some 1500 Boers, supported by artillery. During this engagement Butler was killed in action - one of three men of the QVR killed that day. Butler appears on the QVR medal roll as 783 Private E Butler, and is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal with clasps ‘Cape Colony’ and ‘Wittebergen’. A note on the roll says ‘retain pend. appr.’ suggesting his prior ignominious discharge held up medallic recognition of his later sacrifice. It is not clear if the medal was ever issued. ... Read More

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Casualty

Service Number: 
25/935
Name:
John Butler
Rank: 
Rifleman
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
Miss Frances Butler (sister), 144 Ensor's Road, Opawa, Christchurch, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Occupation on Enlistment: 
Farm hand
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
3 New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade, 3 Battalion

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
02 October 1916
Day of Death:
Monday
Conflict: 
WW1

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
Embarkation Place:
Wellington, New Zealand
Embarkment Date:
12 February 1916
Transport:
HMNZT 45
Vessel:
Waitemata
Destination:
Suez, Egypt

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery Reference: 
III. F. 6.
Cemetery Location: 
France
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