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Benjamin George BUCKLAND

Regimental number1886
Place of birthMitiamo, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPiangil, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Buckland, Prairie, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 April 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 20 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2044
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateDied of disease 25 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death27.8
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialIsleworth Cemetery (Plot R, Row C, Grave No. 25), Middlesex, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Marion BUCKLAND, William Street, Long Galley, Victoria

Military Medal

'During the operations West of BELLENGLISE on 18th/19th September, 1918. For bravery and devotion to duty as runner. He carried messages from front line during the attack through heavy enemy barrage fire. He also crossed machine gun swept area to take information to flank Companies. He continued to carry on until utterly exhausted. His grit and determination were very noticeable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsCousin: P DWYER
Other details

War service: Western Front

Proceeded overseas to France from England, 22 September 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 24 September 1916.

Taken on strength of 46th Bn, in the field, 4 October 1916.

Wounded in action, 13 November 1916, and admitted to No 36 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gunshot wound, face); transferred to No 8 General Hospital, Rouen, 15 November 1916; to England, 20 November 1916; to No 4 Southern General Hospital, Plymouth, 21 November 1916; to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 5 January 1917.

Marched into Infantry Draft Depot, Perham Downs, 3 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 6 April 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 5 May 1917; rejoined 46th Bn, 6 May 1917.

On leave to England, 30 September 1917; rejoined unit, 10 October 1917.

Allotted Regimental Number 2044A, no date stated.

While on leave to England, admitted to No 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 13 October 1918 (pneumonia, dangerously ill).

Died, No 2 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 25 October 1918.

Buried, Isleworth Cemetery, 29 October 1918.

MBV Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUCKLAND Benjamin George

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