Robert (Bob) BUCHAN


BUCHAN, Robert

Service Number: 26
Enlisted: 29 December 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 44th Infantry Battalion
Born: Comaum, South Australia, 18 May 1887
Home Town: Katanning, Western Australia
Schooling: Penola State School
Occupation: Shearer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 29 September 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Bellicourt British Cemetery, Bellicourt, Picardie, France, Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Penola Coonawarra & Penola Sub-Branch R.S.S.&A.I.L.A. Honour Roll, Penola District WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

29 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Perth, Western Australia
6 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 26, 44th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 26, 44th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suevic, Fremantle
29 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 26, 44th Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal

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Temporary Sergeant, A Company, 44th Battalion. 

Wounded in the chest, arm and leg by a shell that exploded near him on 29th September 1918, he was taken to the Regimental Aid Post where he died several hours later.

Bitter and cruel, the action in which Sergeant Buchan died of his wounds was the last action the 44th Battalion took part in during World War One.