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Ernest Fitzroy BUCKLETON

Regimental number151
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBookmakers clerk
AddressYuletide, Duke Street, Kensington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Ida Buckleton, Moorefield Road, Moorefield, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst packing ammunition in forward area. (East of Ypres)'
Recommendation date: 11 November 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst packing ammunition in forward area beyond ZONNEBEKE. On the afternoon of 4th November, 1917 Driver BUCKLETON, acting in the capacity of Lance Corporal was bringing up the rear of pack column. The enemy placed a heavy barrage across the road, killing one man, wounding two others, three animals also being killed. He showed great courage and coolness in getting the wounded men under cover, and reorganising the rear of the column, taking the wounded men's mules he reached his destination with the ammunition. On his return journey a number of wounded men were lying about the road. Being unable to find stretchers he procured duckwalks, and with the aid of another man carried all the wounded men to the aid post over 400 yards away.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 20240 Sidney David BUCKLETON, September 1917 Reinforcements
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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