Thomas Buckingham

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Thomas Buckingham
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AWM HO5686
Personal Information
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
Description 5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 136 lbs
61.689 kg
; fresh complexion ; dark grey eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Station hand
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Margaret Buckingham
Military Information
Reg Number 244
Date of Enlistment 23 Oct 1914
Rank Trooper
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
Fate Wounded in Action 7 Aug 1915 'The Neck' Gallipoli
Died of Wounds 10 Aug 1915
Monument Banjup War Memorial
Lone Pine Memorial
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Father an early landholder in area of Forrestdale, and Thomas attended the (East?) Jandakot School.

War Service

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.

  • Lone Pine Memorial
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission


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.

Notes

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.


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