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Christopher BUCKTON

Regimental number232
Place of birthDurham, England
ReligionProtestant
OccupationBrickmaker
AddressGreen Street, Brompton, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 7.25"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Clara Jane Buckton, Green Street, Brompton, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 14 December 1918
Discharge date27 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 12 May 1916, of failing to keep his rifle in a clean condition: awarded 3 days' confined to camp.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 13 July 1916 (diarrhoea); rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 July 1916.

On special leave to England, 14 January 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 2 February 1917.

Detached to Tramway Company, 30 September 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 2 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, from leave, 20 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1918 (gun shot wound, left arm), admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 24, 9 August 1918, and admitted same day to 22nd General Hospital, Camiers; to England, 11 August 1918, and admitted to Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 12 August 1918.

Discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 4 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somerset', 4 December 1918; arrived Melbourne, 15 January 1919, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 27 March 1919.

War service: 3 years 262 days (of which 3 years 59 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 June 1927

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