Colonel Arthur Graham Butler DSO (Class of 1890)

Colonel Arthur Graham Butler DSO (Class of 1890)

On 25 April 1915, Major Arthur Graham Butler, medical officer of the 9th Battalion, was one of the first men ashore at Anzac Cove. He climbed the cliffs and set up his first-aid post between 400 Plateau and Bolton’s Ridge. For his efforts on that day, ‘for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attending to wounded under heavy fire, continuously displaying courage of a high order’, he became the only medical officer to be awarded the Distinguished Service Order at Gallipoli. He arrived in France in April 1916 and in February 1917 was given command of the 3rd Field Ambulance. He supervised advanced dressing stations at Bullecourt and Menin Road and was twice mentioned in despatches. From July 1918 until June 1919, Butler commanded the 3rd Australian General Hospital at Abbeville. He also spent periods at AIF headquarters in London collating medical records. Back in Australia, Butler spent twenty years from 1923-43 writing the history of the Australian Army Medical Service in the First World War, published in three volumes. They remain among the most notable texts of the war.

From The Story of Ipswich Grammar School 1863-2013, Sophie Church

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