Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Herbert Augustus Kingsley BUTLER


Born: January, 1871

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 4464

Birthplace: Newstead, Victoria

Parents: Edmund Charles Butler & Augusta Mary Butler nee Sircom (Note: Fathers name is listed as Edward in Service Record)

Died: 8 May, 1915

Cause: Died Of Wounds

Place of death: Gallipoli, Turkey

Burial place: Helles Memorial, Gallipoli,Turkey

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


7th Battalion 2nd Reinforcement



Regimental Service Number: 1314

Enlistment date: 30 September, 1914 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 43 years 9 months

Address at enlistment: Rockbank, Victoria

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Mrs Augusta May Butler

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 12 st. 7 lb.
Complexion: Florid
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Sandy Scant
Distinctive marks:

Embarkation ship: HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray.

Rank: Private

War Service Summary

Firstly, active service Boar War 2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Victoria) where his four brothers were also in service. 
02/02/1915   Embarked for duty overseas. From arrival in Egypt, undertook training until he embarked on the Mashrobra at Alexandria 
05/04/1915   Arrived at Gallipoli 
08/05/1915 Listed as Missing in Action; later confirmed as Killed in action on that day.  

Brother of Percy Butler Service Number 12942, who saw service in France and returned Australia in 1919.
Both served in the Boer War.

War Service Commemerated

Killed in action.

Date: 8 May, 1915

08/05/1915 – Killed in Action at Helles, Gallipoli
A witness saw Herbert at the dressing station, Cape Hella, Looking in a bad way on Sunday, May 9.
Another informant, Pte. J.J. Ross of Talbot, said that Herbert was killed in the Rest Camp while road making, at Gaba Tepe when a shell landed amongst them.
Buried at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli,Turkey. Herbert Augustus Kingsley Butler’s name is located at panel 49 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial


Aust War Memorial
Service Record
Red Cross record
Embarkation Roll