Theresa Butler Born 8 October 1884 - PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number22/7 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rank WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Lay a poppy Group, WW1, 3 Nurses taken on the T.Scotian by Miss C Young. … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesTheresa AWMM SurnameButler AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number22/7 AWMM GenderFemale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionChurch of England, Christian AWMM Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth8 October 1884 AWMM Place of birthUpper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesUpper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistmentWW1 Nurse AWMMWW1 Nurse AWMM Post war occupationPlunket Nurse, Thames Te Aroha District AWMM Address before enlistmentUnknown 163 Wellington Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMiss Butler, C/o Mrs Watts, 30 Leraud Street, Berhampore, Wellington, New Zealand AWMMMiss Mildred Butler (sister), C/o Mrs Watts, 30 Leraud Street, Berhampore, Wellington South, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 08 Apr 1915 Single AWMMPre 26 Jun 1916 Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War I, 1914-1918 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number22/7 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsMember of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMMMBE. 1939 AWMM1914 Star (5th Aug-22nd Nov 1914 clasp) AWMMBritish War Medal (1914-1920) AWMMVictory Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW1 Wellington, New Zealand AWMMWW1 Unknown AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW1 08 Apr 1915-18 May 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to London, England AWMM Rotorua 8 April 1915 AWMMVessel was Rotorua AWMMNurse AWMM; New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps AWMM; New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMMWW1 26 June 1916 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM HMNZT 56 or HMNZT 57 AWMMVessel was Tahiti or Maunganui AWMMSister AWMM; 14th Reinforcements, New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps AWMM; New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rankInter War 1 February 1920 AWMMTransfered to active Territorial list AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Trained Christchurch Hospital 1910.Was the first NZ nurse to serve in the war. She was in Belgium on 15 August 1914 and one one of the few New Zealanders to be awarded the 1914 Star.Staff nurse 8.4.15; Sister 18.2.21She served in Belgium, France and NZGH, Cairo.Awarded the MBE in 1939. She was recommended for the Royal Red Cross decoration, but it was not awarded."Sister Butler's experience is rather more varied. Holiday-making in England when the war broke out, she joined the Red Cross there, and was in Brussels a week before it was taken on 21st August, 1914, by the Germans. At the commencement they were nursing Belgians, and later Germans as well. Three weeks passed and Sister Butler with others commenced her return to England per dray to Ghent on the strength of an American passport. One German officer, who stopped their novel conveyance to examine passports - on this occassion they openly stated they were making for England- suggested that they should wait for three weeks until Germany had taken England , when he would be happy to escort them. The party had other views of the matter, however, and decided not to wait. In December, 1914, Sister Butler returned to New Zealand, but in April of the next year duty again called her, and as one of the first fifty N.Z. nurses supplied to the Imperial Government she returned on the "Rotorua" to England. Later the nurses went out to Egypt and Sister Butler, one of the twenty-five, was sent to Alexandria, the remainder of the party going to Cairo. On the "Willochra's' second return with wounded, Sister Butler again visited N.Z. but went back with her and took up duty in the N.Z. Hospital in Cairo. Now sister Butler is completing the double return once more - to N.Z. in the "Tahiti" from Egypt and this time per the "Maunganui" to -----!Long live the Nursing Sisters!" Source = The Kitbag ( a magazine published by the men on the troopship Maunganui, which left NZ on 26 June 1916.)Serial Number is incorrectly recorded as 22/7 on Nominal Roll AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death Date of death Cause of death Place of death Death notes Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Theresa Butler by laying a poppy. T.K. Butler Terence Milton Butler Theresa Butler Thomas Butler Thomas Butler Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Theresa Butler Leave a note Contribute › Processing This lady is my Great Great Aunt and I've been told she was one of the very first NZ woman to join the services and go to WWI Public - Sonia - Other Relative - 25 April 2015 Report Sources Sources Contribute › External linksPapers Past. Digital New Zealand Newspapers.http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspastSources UsedMilitary personnel filehttp://www.archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=21890719Further ReferenceThe Star of Mons. Kai Tiaki : the journal of the nurses of New Zealand, Volume XI, Issue 2, April 1918, Page 70 includes portraithttp://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=KT19180401.1.20&e=Further ReferenceNew Zealand Military Nursing: New Zealand Army Nursing Service - Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps.http://www.nzans.org/index.htmFurther ReferenceFamNet: The Family History Network record pagehttp://famnet.net.nz/login_pages/Cenotaph.aspx?Systemid=C33507Further ReferenceHMNZT 56 - The kit-bag : the unofficial record of the following units of the Fourteenth Reinforcements on board the "Maunganui", Troopship 56 -- Cape Town : Printed by Cape Times : 1916.http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/record/am_library-catalogq40-81870Further Reference DocumentsNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMVol1: 99 AWMMNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM34: 27 AWMMNew Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMService Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM Contributors Processing Command item Command item Add new record Refresh DateNameLocationRelationshipContact 25 April 2015SoniaAucklandOther Relative Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.