Butterworth, Lieutenant Frank Alexander MM

No 4 Sqn AFC

Frank Butterworth came from Hay, NSW. He was a Carpenter, and a Second Lieutenant in the 44th AMF Battalion, aged 20 when he enlisted in the 30th Infantry Battalion at Cootamundra on 5 August 1915. A promotion to Sergeant came before he departed from Sydney for the Western Front on HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915. In July 1916 he was wounded in the head and evacuated to England. In September he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field at Petillon on 19/20 July 1916, when he carried munitions and stores to a forward position while under heavy artillery fire. Although wounded, he assisted an officer to reorganise men after a retirement from an exposed position.

He was commissioned in January 1917 and was appointed Battalion Intelligence Officer in July, before transferring to the AFC in October and learning to fly with No 5 Training Sqn AFC at Minchinhampton, where he was injured in an aeroplane accident that delayed his training for two months. After a period at the RAF School at Bircham Newton he was posted to France to join No 4 Sqn AFC on 19 August 1918.

He was killed in an aircraft accident on 16 October 1918 when flying Sopwith Camel E7238 after the aeroplane spun into the ground while landing.

Lt F A Butterworth is buried in Grave IV E 13 at Aire Cemetery, France.

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