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Harold Winstone Butterworth

"In Loving Memory" card, including photograph (125 x 85 mm), concerning the death of Lieutenant Harold Winstone Butterworth, RFC, killed while night flying on 15-16 July 1916, aged 21 years. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. MS-996. Folder 2: Item 2. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

"In Loving Memory" card, including photograph (125 x 85 mm), concerning the death of Lieutenant Haro …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold Winstone AWMM
  • Surname
    Butterworth AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 July 1895 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs E.A. Butterworth, Victoria Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    21 June 1915 AWMM
    Joined Brooklands military school AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Benjamin Milliman and Eliza Anne [sic] Butterworth (later King, of 313 Mount Eden Road, Auckland) (Source: CWGC). Mother's name should be Eliza Ann Butterworth (she was also known as Annie).

      Former pupil of Seddon Memorial Technical College.

      Harold worked his own passage to England, leaving New Zealand on the 28 March 1915 working as a pantryman aboard the Shaw Savill Line Steamship Karamea (Public Source, 25 July 2016). AWMM
    • Mother was Eliza Ann Winstone, daughter of William and Ellen Winstone, of Winstones Ltd, well know Auckland Company. Public - Priscilla Anne - Other relative - 18 March 2017 - family oral history
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About death

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  • Death
    16 July 1916 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France AWMM XV.J.25. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Flight Sub-Lieut. H. W. Butterworth, Royal Flying Corps, who was previously reported missing, has now been reported by the War Office to have been killed. The War Office states that information has been received from a reliable source that the aeroplane was shot down by infantry in the night 15th/16th July, and he was buried at Garvin [sic] on July 17th. Lieut. Butterworth was a splendid officer, and everyone who knew him admired him for his many sterling qualities. His people live at Mt. Albert, Auckland. (Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F., 29 September 1916, p. 57) AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Mount Albert War Memorial Hall, 773 New North Road, Mount Albert Auckland 1025 AWMM
    • Mount Albert Methodist Church, 831 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025 AWMM
    • Mount Albert Methodist Church, 831 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland 1025 AWMM

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  • Harold was our grandmother’s, Rosina Butterworth, sister-in-law and he always held a special place in her, and our mother’s (Marion Kelly) memories. Harold, a very special person and dearly missed by them both.
    Public - David - Other relative - 24 April 2020
  • A time of great sadness, not only for the men fighting for freedom, but the loss of them and the grief felt by family at home. My grandmother, Emma Butterworth/Goodwill, always wore black and seemed sad. Harold was her nephew.
    Public - Priscilla Anne - Other relative - 18 March 2017



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Jubilee of the Seddon Memorial Technical College 1903-1953,(1953) [Pamphlet Collection],Auckland, New Zealand. Seddon Memorial Technical College. LG 745 .A8 AWMM
      [College war effort page] AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Chronicles of the N.Z.E.F. AWMM
      Obituary: 29 September 1916, p. 57. AWMM
    • Butterworth, Harold Winstone (ca. 1915) Royal Flying Corps album. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-552. AWMM
    • Butterworth, Harold Winstone. Papers relating to service in Royal Flying Corps, 1915 - 1916. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-996. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 April 2020DavidKerikeri, New ZealandOther relative
18 March 2017Priscilla AnneAuckland Other relative
18 August 2016PeterAuckland, New ZealandOther relative
21 July 2016PeterNew ZealandOther relative
28 August 2015Peter AllanAuckland, New ZealandOther Relative
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