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ID number P04416.001
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown (Maker)
Place made Ottoman Empire: Palestine
Date made c 1917


Informal portrait of Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) John Herbert (Jack) Butler, No 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), standing in front of a biplane whilst in training in Palestine. A stockman of Gomoran via Goomburrgee, Qld, he enlisted as a private in the 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment on 19 August 1914 and sailed with B Squadron aboard HMAT Star of England on 24 September 1914. He served at Gallipoli before transferring to the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) in January 1917 and trained as a pilot. He was commissioned and served in the Palestine and Sinai with 1 Squadron AFC from June 1917. In 1918 he became ill and he returned to Australia on 28 April. He died aged 30 from Lymphatic Leukemia. Flt Lt Butler the cousin of Dr Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean, official historian of the First World War.