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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Butcher, Ernest Henry (56)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 22 years 8 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 25 August 1914 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 56            view online service record

Fishermen’s Bend
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Arthur S Butcher (father)
Fishermen’s Bend
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Thursday, 25 February 1915
Ship: HMAT Star of Victoria A16
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 8th Light Horse Regiment

DOW: Wednesday, 4 August 1915
Place: Gallipoli Peninsula

Trooper, 8 Light Horse, died of wounds, 4 August, 1915, aged 22, commemorated Ari Burnu Cemetery, Gallipoli.

Father: Arthur S BUTCHER, born Port Melbourne, educated Graham Street SS, 118 Rouse Street. Enlisted as a 22-year-old labourer, with he and his father shown simply as Fishermen’s Bend although there is reference later to a Mrs COBBAN at 367 Graham Street when the circular was returned. She was the mother of Bertie and William COBBAN, both included. Butcher died from wounds to the head and right arm. A report in the Port Melbourne Standard, 4 September, 1915 revealed that Butcher’s mother died just a few days before the news of his death reached Melbourne.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

1915 ‘THE LATE PRIVATE BUTCHER.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 4 September, p. 2, viewed 31 August, 2015,

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