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For the grave at Saint Mary-in-the-Valley, see Thomas Buckingham (Saint Mary-in-the-Valley)
|Date of Birth||c1896|
|Place of Birth||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Death||10 Aug 1915|
|Place of Death||HMHS Delta, at sea between Mudros and Alexandria|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 6 months|
5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 136 lbs|
61.689 kg; fresh complexion ; dark grey eyes ; light brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||NOK Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Margaret Buckingham|
|Date of Enlistment||23 Oct 1914|
|Unit/Formation||10th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron, D Troop|
|Date of Embarkation||8 Feb 1915 ‒ 9 Mar 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A47 Mashobra|
Wounded in Action 7 Aug 1915 'The Neck' Gallipoli |
Died of Wounds 10 Aug 1915
Banjup War Memorial |
Lone Pine Memorial
Australian War Memorial
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Father an early landholder in area of Forrestdale, and Thomas attended the (East?) Jandakot School.
Thomas signed two sets of enlistment papers, first at Claremont camp on 23 Oct 1914 and then at Guildford on 8 Dec 1914. After training at the Claremont and Rockingham camps, he travelled with the 10th Light Horse Regiment to Egypt as a member of "B" Squadron. From 8 Feb 1915 Thomas provided a 3/- per day allotment from his pay to his Mother.
On 16 May 1915 his unit embarked on the SS Lutzow for Gallipoli where on 21 May they were transhipped to two destroyers that landed them in the late afternoon, with only one casualty.
On 2 Jul 1915 Tom was transferred to the 1st Australian Stationary Hospital on Mudros with measles, aboard HMHS Clacton. When recovered, he was sent to Gallipoli on 16 Jul 1915 for a second time, rejoining the 10th Light Horse Regiment on 17 May 1915.
On 7 Aug 1915 the 10th LHR provided the 3rd and 4th waves of the attack on Turkish positions at 'The Neck' resulting in 80 KIA and 58 wounded, Thomas was one of the later, having sustained gunshot wounds to his left thigh and leg. He was evacuated to the Hospital ship HMHS Delta then lying offshore at Gallipoli. Thomas died on 10 Aug 1915 enroute from Mudros to Alexandria in Egypt, and was buried at sea between Mudros and Alexandria. At time of his death he was owed £55/4/- which was paid to his NOK.
Tom's mother received a War Pension of £2 per fortnight from 11 Oct 1915, along with £55/4/- pay owed to Tom up till his death.
When Military authorities enquire of Tom's father's in order to establish who should receive his medals, his mother in January 1921 replies that she has not heard or seen anything of him for the past 12 years.