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Full Name: William Manus Butler
Rank Last Held: Rifleman
Forename(s): William Manus
Surname: Butler
Also Known As: William Manns Butler
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.:
  • 4/81
  • 24/62
First Known Rank:
  • Sapper
  • Rifleman
Next of Kin: W.P. Butler (father), 35 Bradhaw Street, South Dunedin, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Westport, New Zealand
Military District: Canterbury
Body on Embarkation:
  • Samoan Advance Party
  • 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit:
  • New Zealand Railway Engineers
  • A Company
Embarkation Date:
  • 15 August 1914
  • 9 October 1915
Place of Embarkation:
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Moeraki or Monowai
  • Apia, Samoa
  • Suez, Egypt
Page on Nominal Roll: 100
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion
Place of Death: France
Date of Death: 9 October 1916
Age at Death: 24
Year of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Cemetery Name: St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
Grave Reference: B. 18. 2.
Biographical Notes: William Butler was the son of William Patrick and Sarah U. Butler, of 35, Bradshaw St., Dunedin, New Zealand. Native of Otago. Also served with the advance party to Samoa, from Aug. to Dec., 1914.
Additional Information: Name is recorded as William Manns Butler in Nominal Rolls, as William Manus Butler in Archives New Zealand.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
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