Alan Gordon Buckingham

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Alan Gordon Buckingham
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 13 Apr 1924
Place of Birth Railway avenue, Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years old
Description 5' 8" (1.73m) tall ; ; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair ; scars on front of left knee
Occupation Warehouseman
Religion Church of England
Military Information
Reg Number W96515 & WX42214
Date of Enlistment 15 Sep 1942 & 13 Apr 1945
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 118th Australian General Hospital (Northam)
Military Movement
1st Departure from Australia
Journey Dates 24 Jul 1945 ‒ 9 Aug 1945
Transport Details SS Montoro Brisbane to Wewak, New Guinea
Journey Dates 1 Sep 1945 ‒ 7 Sep 1945
Transport Details HMT Katoomba Wewak to Jacqhinot Bay, New Britain
Return to Australia
Journey Dates 15 Jun 1946 ‒ 21 Jun 1946
Transport Details HMAS Canberra Rabaul, New Britain to Brisbane
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1945-75

Pre War

War Service

Original enlistment in the CMF took place on 1 Sep 1942, and he was called up for full time service on 15 Sep 1942. On 1 Sep 1942 he was posted to the AAMC Training Depot at Northam who took him on strength as a Medical Corps reinforcement. On 19 Mar 1943 Alan was posted to the 118th Australian General Hospital. On 13 Apr 1945 he enlisted in the 2nd AIF in New South Wales before embarking with his unit in Brisbane aboard SS Montoro on 24 Jul 1945. They disembarked in Wewak, New Guinea on 9 Aug 1945, and on 1 Sep 1945 embarked in Wewak on HMT Katoomba for Jacquinot Bay on the south coast of New Britain, disembarking there on 7 Sep 1945.

On 4 Feb 1946 Alan was promoted Corporal, but at his own request, four days later he reverted to Private. On 15 Jun 1946 Alan was posted to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot, and began his journey home by embarking on HMAS Canberra in Rabaul, New Britain for Brisbane where he disembarked on 21 Jun 1946. Alan was discharged at Karrakatta on 2 Aug 1946.

Post War


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