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Henry BUCHANAN

Regimental number642
Place of birthGympie, Queensland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMiner
AddressGeordie Hill, Gympie, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 6.5"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinMr M Buchanan, Goomboorian via Gympie, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil (but 5 years in Mt Chalmers Town Band)
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Place of enlistmentGympie, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1917
Medals

Military Medal

'I brought to your notice the conduct of this N.C.O. during a previous engagement, and I again desire to bring his actions during the last engagement 3rd/5th August, 1916, under your notice. This N.C.O. was in charge of the stretcher bearers and personally conducted them through heavy shell and rifle fire to the front line before communication was established to evacuate the wounded. During one of his trips in searching a dug out for wounded he came across 2 Officers and 11 other Ranks Germans whom he took prisoners and marched to the rear. My front line and support line were kept free from wounded, and it was entirely due to the N.C.O. in charge of the stretcher bearers that it was so. When one considers that during the two days fighting over 300 casualties evacuated from y sector the work done by the stretcher bearers will be fully appreciated. I beg to recommend Corporal BUCHANAN for some distinction. Above date is possibly a mistake. A copy of this recommendation is filed under 5th September, 1916.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUCHANAN Henry

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