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Claude William BUCK

Regimental number1920
Date of birth19 January 1891
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
SchoolLaunceston State School, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
AddressL'Estrange Street, Knoxville, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, J Buck, L'Estrange Street, Knoxville, South Australia
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 January 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 6 August 1915

FateReturned to Australia 27 September 1917

Military Medal

'These men [BUCK, 435 Ernest Henry CHURCHER, 912 Raymond BENSON] on 6th August 1915 in the Lonesome Pine trenches became isolated with an Officer and another in an advanced Turkish trench but although strongly counter attacked they succeeded in shooting and bayoneting a much larger number of Turks and were further able to barricade and hold the trench until supports arrived.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Discharge date21 January 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli (awarded the Military Medal, Lone Pine, 6 August 1915), France, Belgium (wounded four times); invalided to various hospitals.

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 December 1960
Age at death69
Place of burialCarr Villa Cemetery (Plot D4, Grave No. 38), Launceston, Tasmania

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