Private

John Butler

Conflict: 
Anglo Boer War
Additional Information: 

Son of John Butler, Bald Hill Flat, Otago.

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Biographical Notes:

John Butler was Courts Martialed in South Africa and discharged. His service record contains no detail of the offence. However, it does state that he was killed at Winburg, serving with the Queenstown Rifle Volunteers. He appears in the casualty records held by Steve Watt and is listed in Watt's book, "In Memoriam" as buried in Winberg (Jack Coetze St.) Cemetery. His name does not appear on any memorial.

Public Contributions:


Submitted by: Shona Young
Relationship to casualty: Great Grandniece
According to John's war record, handwritten on the top of the second page, was the statement "discharged with ignominy 1900/2442, 19/4/1900". Reasons for court martial not stated. He is also document... Read More
According to John's war record, handwritten on the top of the second page, was the statement "discharged with ignominy 1900/2442, 19/4/1900". Reasons for court martial not stated. He is also documented (1st page of war record) as being in Brabant's Horse supposedly after being discharged from the 3rd Contingent, Rough Riders. He is also documented in "Rough Riders at War", by Richard Stowers, pg.39, as "Formerly of the 3rd Contingent, 624 Private J. Butler, (court marshalled (sic) and discharged 19/4/00, with no "New Zealand" named medal issued), killed at Winberg, 27/8/00."


Submitted by: Phil Beattie
Relationship to casualty: None
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 ... Read More
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.


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Service Number: 
624
Name:
John Butler
Rank: 
Private
Date of Birth:
Not known
Next of Kin: 
Miss Frances Butler (sister), 144 Ensor's Road, Opawa, Christchurch, New Zealand
Date of Enlistment:
01 January 1900
Occupation on Enlistment:
Farm hand
Nationality of Force:
New Zealand
Armed Force: 
Army
Unit:
New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, 3 Contingent, 1 Company

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Date of Death:
27 August 1900
Day of Death:
Monday
Conflict: 
Anglo Boer War

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: 
No known grave or primary memorial (Watt)
Cemetery Location: 
Winburg
Free State
South Africa
John Butler
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