Arthur Hart BUCK


BUCK, Arthur Hart

Service Number: 6966
Enlisted: 6 October 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kingscote, South Australia, 18 May 1891
Home Town: Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Schooling: Home Schooled
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Raid On Celtic Wood, Celtic Wood, Belgium, 9 October 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board (1), Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kingscote Kangaroo Island WW1 Roll of Honour, Kingscote War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Penneshaw Kangaroo Island Men Roll of Honor WW1
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World War 1 Service

6 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6966, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6966, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Adelaide
8 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6966, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Raid on Celtic Wood

 Private Buck went to hospital sick on 3 October but rejoined the battalion two days later. He must have come up with Lieutenant Fenn and the reinforcements during the night of 8 October for at the time of his death he was in the field with C Company.

Credible witness statement in his Red Cross file by a confirmed raider. Sergeant Wood. -  ‘He was wounded while in a demonstration at Celtic Wood…died while we were carrying him back.’

Notes: - From letter to the Base Records Officer dated 7 January 1918 written by Mrs Elizabeth Buck. - ‘...Can you give me details of my Dear Sons Death who was killed in Action October 8th 1917 in France. ... I would like to know how My Dear Boy Fell & in what Battle & where fought, He was such a good son to me...’ [i] 

In a letter of reply dated 25 October 1922 the Base Records Office stated his regret that only burial information he had available was that her son’s ‘remains were interred in Celtic Wood’. [ii]

[i] National Archives of Australia, B 2455, Buck Arthur Hart / 3152626, viewed 5 May 2012.

[ii] ibid