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Robert Thomas BUCKINGHAM

Regimental number3239
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
AddressBallarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, S Buckingham, 402 Lyons Street, Ballarat, Victoria
Enlistment date2 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'(E. of Ypres 20-23 September 1917) Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty.'
Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 November 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'During the operation east of YPRES on 20/23rd September, Pte. BUCKINGHAM who was the sole survivor of a Lewis Gun team kept his gun in working order under very heavy artillery fire. He was buried once by a shell burst but remained at duty until his gun was blown out that night.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Date of death25 January 1968

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