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William Henry BUCKNEY

Regimental number3536
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBootmaker
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinSister, Mrs A Buckney, c/o Mrs Holly, Newtown, Hobart, Tasmania
Enlistment date6 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 9 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the morning of the 5th April 1918, between RIBEMONT and BUIRE, these men [BUCKNEY, 1334 G.M. O'BRIEN, 5898 P.C. SMITH] maintained communications under very heavy shell-fire, thus allowing valuable information to pas through. It was due to their coolness and devotion to duty that the Artillery Brigades on the left, especially the 95th and 150 Artillery Brigades, were kept in communication, and enabled information to be conveyed at the right moment, resulting in good work being done.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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