Guy BUCKNALL

BUCKNALL, Guy

Service Number: 527
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Majorca, near Cotswold, Victoria, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Cotswold, Central Goldfields, Victoria
Schooling: Cotswold, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Tubercular Peritonitis (primary) & Exhaustion (secondary), 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield Park, Harefield, Middlesex, England , 4 December 1917
Cemetery: Harefield (St. Mary) Churchyard
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Oct 1916: Involvement 527, No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
25 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 527, No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
25 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 527, No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
25 Oct 1916: Embarked 527, No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
4 Dec 1917: Involvement 527, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

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Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date – 4th December…… Guy Bucknall (junior) was born at Majorca, near Cotswold, Victoria in 1895.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 11th March, 1916 aged 20 years & 11 months, single & a Farmer from Cotswold, Victoria.

Private Guy Bucknall was posted to 19th Depot Battalion at Geelong, Victoria on 10th May, 1916 for recruit training. He was transferred to 5th Reinforcements of 46th Battalion on 3rd August, 1916 then on 2nd September, 1916 he was transferred to 6th Reinforcements of 46th Battalion at Geelong. Private Bucknall was transferred to 2nd Flying Corps Squadron Headquarters at Laverton on 3rd October, 1916.

On 25th October, 1916 Private / Air Mechanic 2nd Class Guy Bucknall, Service number 527, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Ulysses (A 38) with the 2nd Australian Flying Squadron – Headquarters & disembarked at  Plymouth, England on 28th December, 1916. (Note: One Embarkation Roll has his rank listed as Private another Embarkation Roll has his rank listed as Air Mechanic 2nd Class)

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

He was marched out to Ascot from No. 69 Australian Squadron on 5th February, 1917 to collect M. T. Convoy & marched into No. 69 Squadron, R.F.C. (Royal Flying Corps), South Carlton from Ascot on 8th February, 1917.

2nd Air Mechanic Bucknall reported sick on 4th March, 1917 at No. 69 Squadron, R.F.C. He was admitted to 1/4th Northern General Hospital at Lincoln on 4th March, 1917 with Influenza (slight). He was discharged & marched in to A.F.C. (Australian Flying Corps) South Carlton on 11th April, 1917.

On 14th June, 1917 2nd Air Mechanic Bucknall reported sick from No. 69 Squadron, A.F.C., South Carlton. He was admitted to 4th Northern General Hospital at Lincoln on 14th June, 1917.

Base Records wrote to Mr G. Bucknall, Cotswold, Victoria, father of 2nd Air Mechanic Guy Bucknall, on 16th July, 1917 to advise “Private Guy Bucknall dangerously ill will furnish progress report.” A further report on 16th July, 1917 advised “Private Guy Bucknall admitted Fourth Northern General Hospital Lincoln, England. Now dangerously ill Influenza eighth July.”

He was struck off strength of No. 69 Squadron on 23rd July, 1917 having been in hospital for over 1 month.

On 7th November, 1917 2nd Air Mechanic Bucknall was transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, Middlesex.

 

2nd Air Mechanic Guy Bucknall died at 3.30 am on 4th December, 1917 at 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield Park, Harefield, Middlesex, England from Tubercular Peritonitis (primary) & Exhaustion (secondary)

He was buried in St. Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Harefield, Middlesex, England where 112 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

 

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)

https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/-a---c.html

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