Albert Butcher

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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1872
Place of Birth Bedfordale, Western Australia
Death 5 Aug 1946
Place of Death Beverley, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 44 years, 5 months
Description 5'6¾" (1.70m) tall; weight 139 lbs (63.0 kg); fresh complexion, blue eyes, and dark brown hair
Occupation market gardener
Religion Church of England
Address Bedfordale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife Mrs Dorcas Amelia Butcher
Military Information
Reg Number X
Date of Enlistment 11 Oct 1916 - 27 Nov 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation initially identified for the 16th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement.
Date of Embarkation Did not leave Australia


Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1903 & 1906 a farmer from Kelmscott; in 1910 & 1916 described as an orchardist

War Service

On entering camp Albert was allocated to the 87th Depot Company with whom he spent 5 days before being transferred to the 23rd reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. On 1 Nov 1916 he was reallocated to the 22nd depot Company for medical assessment.

Albert was discharged on medical grounds on 27 Nov 1916. His medical records show that he suffered from 'traumatic arthritis to his right hip. His records in several places are entered with a statement that the discharge was not due to misconduct. (The injury had been caused 21 years before i.e. In 1895 a horse had run into him and knocked him down. He spent a month in bed and six months off work recovering.)

While he walked with a limp and was generally able to undertake any work, he could not march or turn quickly without pain.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 Albert and Dorcas have moved to West Dale, where he remained until his death in 1946. Daughter Alma Catherine (1909 - 2001). Dorcas died 22 Nov 1951, aged 72 years.


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