|Date of Birth||not known 1896|
|Place of Birth||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Death||7 Jul 1917|
|Place of Death||Messines area, Belgium|
|Age at Enlistment||19 years, 2 months|
5'11½" (1.82m) tall ; 146 lbs|
66.224 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Sylvanus Thomas Buckland|
|Date of Enlistment||8 Jan 1916|
|Unit/Formation||44th Battalion B Company / 11th Brigade, 3rd Division|
|Date of Embarkation||6 Jun 1916 ‒ 21 Jul 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A29 Suevic|
|Fate||Killed in Action 7 Jul 1917 Messines area|
Jarrahdale War Memorial |
Menin Gate Memorial
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
Ten days after entering camp, John was allocated to B Company of the 44th Battalion that was being raised in WA at the time. While with the 44th Battalion, during training in England, John was AWOL on 18 Oct 1916. Awarded 1 day's field punishment and loss of 2 day's pay. On 25 Nov 1916 the unit proceeded by train to Southampton and during that night embarked for France, disembarking in Le Havre at 6:30 am on 26 Nov 1916, before moving into reserve positions at Steenwerck.During the night of 5th/6th July the battalion relieved the 42nd battalion in the front lines in the Messines sector. On 7 Jul 1917 there is no mention of casualties, so it is unknown for sure how John received his wounds. The lack of a body indicates that he may have been a victim of what was described in the war diary as
"During digging operations in front of centre company, two very large explosions were heard and a quantity of earth thrown up near strong point, apparently land mines."
Memorialised on the Menin Gate Memorial (Panel 27).
Pension awarded to his mother Margaret of 40/- fortnightly from 18 Sep 1917. His father was awarded 30/- per fortnight from 30 Mar 1918.