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William Anthony BUCHANAN

Regimental number2379
Place of birthDonegal, Milford, Ireland
OccupationFarm labourer
Addressc/o J.T. Haines, Rochester, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 10.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Samuel Buchanan, Garrygort, Milford, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 August 1916
Place of enlistmentBendigo, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Train
FateReturned to Australia 5 July 1919
Discharge date4 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Melbourne, 25 September 1916; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 11 November 1916; marched out to 15th Training Bn, 21 November 1916; proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 30 December 1916; marched into Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 31 December 1916; marched out to unit, 6 December 1917; taken on strength of 60th Bn, in the field, 8 February 1917.

Proceeded on leave to the United Kingdom, 26 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 16 February 1918.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance (scabies), 18 March 1918; to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 22 March 1918; discharged to duty, 18 April 1918; rejoined Bn, 24 April 1918; transferred to and taken on strength of 59th Bn, 25 September 1918; on leave to the United Kingdom, 24 December 1918; rejoined Bn, 19 January 1919; transferred to and taken on strength of 5th Australian Divisional Train, 29 January 1919; appointed Driver, 29 January 1919; transferred to 10th Army Service Corps, 12 March 1919; marched out for return to Australia, 7 April 1919; reverted to Private, 14 May 1919; marched out to England, 22 May 1919; marched into Weymouth Command Depot, England, 23 May 1919; marched into to Parkhouse, 15 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Melbourne', 5 July 1919; disembarked, Melbourne, 20 August 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 4 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medal stamp marked 'Returned, 10 May 1928'.
Date of death16 March 1971
Place of burialField of Mars Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, BUCHANAN William Anthony

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