Harry Andrew Butterworth
Name Harry Andrew Butterworth Rank: Private
Battalion 2/12th Infantry Battalion
Place of Birth. Leongatha 12 February 1919
Next of Kin Ellen Butterworth, his wife.
Date and place of enlistment 9 January1942 Caulfield
Location on enlistment Leongatha
Date and place of death 12 January 1943 New Guinea
Location of grave or memorial
He has his name on the Port Moresby Memorial and he is remembered on the Leongatha Memorial and the memorial at Leongatha Secondary College( formerly Leongatha High School)
Relationship to Woorayl Shire
Harry was born in Leongatha and grew up on a property in Brown Street with his three older sisters. He attended Leongatha State School and Leongatha High School in the early 1930’s
At the time of his enlistment into the army in 1942, he was recorded as a labourer of Leongatha.
Harry trained at various locations in Australia before his battalion was sent to New Guinea in 1942. They went first to Milne Bay and then on to Buna and Sanananda. The 2/12th fought in difficult country and suffered heavy losses. Their efforts to clear the Japanese from the tortuous swamp country around Sanananda cost 61 lives between the 9 and 21 of January 1943. Sadly, Harry was one of them. He was killed in action on the 12 January 1943 aged 23.