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Robert George BUCHANAN

Regimental number956
Place of birthDonegal, Ireland
ReligionMethodist
OccupationFarmer
AddressDiggora, Rochester, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinSamuel Buchanan, Millford, Donegal, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentRochester, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Discharge date31 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to Cottenera Hospital, Malta, 2 July 1915 (cellulites of the knee); transferred to St Patrick's Hospital, 22 August 1915; proceeded to Egypt, 6 October 1915; disembarked Mustapha, Egypt and reported to overseas Training Base, 9 October 1915; rejoined unit in Mudros, 27 October 1915; disembarked Alexandria, Egypt, 1 January 1916; taken on strength of 12th Field Artillery Brigade, Tel el Kabir and mustered Gunner, 16 March 1916; transferred and taken on strength of 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, Serapeum, 23 May 1916.

Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916; mustered Driver, 29 June 1916.

Found guilty, 21 July 1916, of using obscene language: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Attached to Army Service Corps, 24 August 1916; rejoined 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 28 August 1916; on leave to England, 31 October 1916; returned to unit from leave, 13 November 1916; on leave to United Kingdom, 29 August 1917; returned to unit from leave, 14 September 1917; detached to 12th Infantry Brigade, 25 April 1918.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 3 August 1918 (ruptured hympraneum); transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 August 1918; to 16th General Hospital, Treport, 5 August 1918; to 1st Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 10 August 1918; discharged to Australian General Base Depot, 27 August 1918; marched out to unit, 1 September 1918; rejoined unit, 2 September 1918; proceeded on leave to Australia, 22 September 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kasir a Hind', from Taranto, Italy, 8 October 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 2 December 1918; discharged, 31 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUCHANAN Robert George

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