Regimental number1595
Place of birthBunbury, Western Australia
Other NamesElliot
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLoco cleaner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Buswell, Taunton, White Road, Bunbury, Western Australia
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 April 1917

FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919

Military Medal

'The men [BUSWELL, 2389 E. ENGLAND, 3461 P.F. FOX, 1383 R. TAYLOR] are Regimental Stretcher bearers and are brought under notice for conspicuous bravery and determination displayed by them in bringing in wounded in the face of heavy shell, rifle and Machine Gun fire during the attack on the HINDENBURG Line in front of REINCOURT on the 11th April 1917 and on the following day. They showed great eagerness to go out for more wounded as soon as those brought in by them were dressed and stretchers were available for use again. They succeeded in bringing in a number of wounded even during the period when all stretcher bearers who ventured into "No Man's Land" were deliberately fired on by the enemy's Machine Guns. These four men are grouped together because they work in one party. They are all recommended for distinction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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