Lancel Butcher

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Lancel Butcher
Butcher Lancel.jpg
Courtesy Pam Leunig
Personal Information
Date of Birth 2 Dec 1894
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 3 May 1949, aged 54
Place of Death Pinjarra, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 9 months
Description 5'10" (1.78m) tall ; 165 lbs
74.843 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Farm hand
Religion Congregational
Address Pinjarra, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Walter Butcher
Military Information
Reg Number 6967
Date of Enlistment 26 Sep 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 23 Dec 1916 ‒ 16 Feb 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A35 Berrima
Date of Return 18 Jul 1919 ‒ 29 Aug 1919
Ship Returned On HMT Takada
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Kelmscott Congregational Church Honour Board
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Pupil at Serpentine Primary School until 11 Nov 1908. Privately tutored at home 1898 and 1899.

War Service

On entry into Blackboy Hill camp, Lancel was allocated to the 23rd reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, and he embarked with them for England.

On arrival in England he was posted to the 3rd Training Battalion at Durrington, but on 28 Mar 1917 he was admitted to the Parkhouse Hospital with mumps. Training completed, he proceeded overseas to France through Folkestone on 3 May 1917.

In France he joined the 11th Battalion on 10 May 1917 as they withdrew after a period in the front lines and rested in billets at Bapaume. Hospitalised on 29 Jul 1917, he was treated by the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance and the 15th Casualty Clearing Station before being loaded onto Ambulance Train No. 15 on 29 Jul 1917 for the 22 General Hospital at Dannes where he was admitted on the 31st. Transferred to the 5th General Hospital on 4 Aug 1917, he was embarked on HMHS Carisbrook Castle for England on 10 Aug 1917 with Trench Fever. On 14 Aug 1917 he was admitted to the University War Hospital in Southampton.

Granted furlough from 10 - 24 Sep 1917 on his recovery, after which he reported to Codford, then No 4 Command Depot at Hurdcott and then the Overseas Training Brigade at Longbridge Deverill before being classed as fit to resume the fight.

Lance again proceeded overseas to France on 19 Dec 1917, this time via Southampton, and rejoined his battalion on 31 Dec 1917. However he became ill again soon after and was hospitalised with bronchitis on 12 Jan 1918. Treated by the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance and the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, before entering the 8th Stationary Hospital at Wimereux on 14 Jan 1918, and later embarking on the HS Jan Breydel for England on 1 Feb 1918. On arrival back in England he was admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital, remaining with them until 12 Feb 1918 when he was released first to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford and then the No 2 Command Depot Weymouth on 4 Apr 1918.

Health and strength recovered, Lancel was again embarked for France on 24 Jul 1918 in Folkestone, rejoining the 11th Battalion in the field on 31 Jul 1918 at Pradelles north west of Armentieres on the French/Belgium border. On 16 Dec 1918 he was again off to hospital via the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance and the 47th Casualty Clearing Station before being placed on Ambulance Train No 42 on 6 Jan 1919. Admitted with myalgia to the 10th General Hospital in Rouen. Discharged a fortnight later he bounced around base units until he rejoined the 11th Battalion on 7 Apr 1919.

His return to Australia commenced when he left the battalion on 20 May 1919, embarking for England on 28 May 1919 and his eventual discharge by the 5th Military District on 7 Oct 1919.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1925 West Murray, Pinjarra, farm hand; 1931 Marradong, farmer with Harry Douglas; 1937 - 1943 Ravenswood, farmer. Family report that he returned to Australian suffering most probably with shell shock (PTSD), and lived at the rear of the Ravenswood Hotel in a three room cottage with his Aunt Amy Thomas (nee Armstrong).

Notes

Brother of Leonard, name was included on the Kelmscott Congregational Church Honour board.


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