(Service number 5/679a)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 29 April 1894 Place of Birth Oamaru

Enlistment Information

Date 11 October 1914 Age
Address at Enlistment Sherwood Downs
Occupation Labourer (Joseph Butters Snr, Sherwood Downs)
Previous Military Experience 8th (SC) Mounted Rifles
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Joseph BUTTERS (father), Sherwood Downs
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Medically examined at Wellingotn on 9 October 1914. Height 5' 8 1/2", dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair. Slight deafness, right ear, teeth bad, weight 160lbs.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Tahiti or Athenic
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 13 April 1919 Reason End of period of engagement

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 18 October 1962 Age 68 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waimate Old Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Joseph Butters was the son of Joseph and Jessie (née Bisset) Butters. In 1919 at Chalmers Church, Timaru, he married Violet Louise Walton, the sister of Charles Walton who married joseph's sister in 1920.

Joseph enlisted with the Main Body at the outbreak of war, serving 4 years and 152 days abroad. He embarked for return to New Zealand aboard the SS Hororata on 1 January 1919, being discharged from service following his return to New Zealand in April 1919..


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 February 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal affairs) [12 February 2018]; Waimate Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [12 February 2018]

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