Sylvanus Benjamin Buckland

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Sylvanus Benjamin Buckland
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Sylvanus standing at rear Courtesy Rob Richings
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1889
Place of Birth Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Death 12 Oct 1963
Place of Death Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 26 years, 8 months
Description 5'5" (1.65 m) tall ; 150 lbs
68.039 kg
; medium complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Orchardist
Religion Presbyterian
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Sylvanus Thomas Buckland
Military Information
Reg Number 4990
Date of Enlistment 8 Mar 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 18 Jul 1916 ‒ 9 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A48 Seang Bee
Date of Return 11 Jan 1918 ‒ 26 Feb 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A16 Port Melbourne
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Four weeks after entering camp, Sylvanus is allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion.

After completing his training with the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone in England, he proceeded overseas to France on 2 Nov 1916 aboard the HMT Victoria, and on the 18th was taken on strength by the 28th Battalion who had just come out of the front lines on a day when there was a light fall of snow, followed by rain.

On 6 May 1917 Sylvanus presented to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance ill, was transferred the same day to the 5th Australian Field Ambulance and then on 12 May he was transferred to the 9th Casualty Clearing Station and the 6th General Hospital in Rouen. On 8 Jun 1917 was embarked on HMHS St David in Boulogne for England where he was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham on 8 Jun 1917. Transferred on 23 Jul 1917 to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital Dartford, and then on 6 Aug 1917 to No 2 Command Depot Weymouth. Over the next two months he moved around base units in Weymouth, Codford, Perham Down and Sutton Veny. Returned to Australia (pulmonary catarrh) and discharged at 5th Military District on 10 Apr 1918.

Newspaper report that Sylvanus Benjamin Buckland , Jarrahdale was Ill.[1]

Post War

In 1922 at Fremantle, he married Annie Fitzgerald. No known children.


In a postcard home to his sweetheart, he describes brother John's death as being caused by a shell landing in his dugout while he was asleep. The postcard was written on 13 Oct 1917 while he was at Perham Downs being retrained to return to France. He seems quite bitter about it saying others who had suffered no worse were being sent home to Australia. Ironically he was sent home without further service in France.

  1. "THE TOLL OF WAR". The Sun (954). Western Australia. 15 July 1917. p. 3. Retrieved 1 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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