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Herbert Edward Butler

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Herbert Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Butler AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bert AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 4/1898 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    Australia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A. Butler (mother), 136 North Avon Road, Richmond, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 4/1898 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Motor Mechanic/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Herbert was the youngest son of Edward Ormond Butler and Mary Anne Butler of Richmond

    Educated at the Richmond School and the Technical High School, Christchurch, New Zealand

    Before the out break of war was a bugler in the Territorials and Sydenham rifles

    At the time of enlistment was a gunner at the Lyttelton forts

    Excerpt from a letter from France, dated 1 May 1918 from Fred Stratford to his mother: 'Bert Butler was killed instantaneously on the 28th March. He was asleep at the time and a shell struck the billet. I have written to his mother giving full particulars.'

    On this same 28th March, when Major Edwards was wounded, a 5.9 shell landed on the Rifle Brigade HQ at Colincamps, killing Major Purdy and 9 other ranks. Three officers and eleven other ranks were wounded. General Fulton dying of wounds. 2nd Lieut C.R.G. Bassett, V.C. buried in the explosion, and when he got out he found 5 of his men killed and two wounded. Sergeant Bill Birkett M.M. and Serbian Cross 1st Class, was killed, also George Duff, H.E. Butler, R.J. Christie and A.J. Cullingham. Cyril had communications restdored in 15 minutes and had his name sent foreward, but nothing came of it because he had already received the highest award. Major Waite in his 'Gallipoli' had wrongly credited Cyril with the D.S.O. The next morning the 3rd Rifle Brigade was moved back a mile to Courcelles, where the Machine Gun Battlaion had their Headquarters.' from 'By Wires to Victory' by Roy F. Ellis

    New Zealand lost 18,166 service men and women, out of a population of approximately 1,089,825, in World War I. Nearly all those killed were buried overseas - 5325 New Zealanders have no known grave. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 March 1918 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France AWMM IV. A. 2. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: The Star, 24 April 1918 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • The Christchurch Star AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      23: 6 AWMM
    • AWMM Stratford, Frederick George. Papers relating to military service, 1918. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 99/36. AWMM
    • Christchurch Star AWMM
      Obituary: 24 April 1918 AWMM
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM


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