Thomas Percy BUDDLE


BUDDLE, Thomas Percy

Service Number: 3359
Enlisted: 10 April 1917, Bendigo, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Long Gully, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: State School, Bendigo, School of Mines, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: French Polisher
Died: Killed in action, France, 27 April 1918
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Plot XI, Row A, Grave No. 10
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Huntly Members of The Beehive Staff Pictorial Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

10 Apr 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3359, 58th Infantry Battalion, Bendigo, Vic.
16 Jul 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3359, 58th Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3359, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Melbourne
4 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3359, 58th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3359, 58th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Elizabeth and the late Peter BUDDLE of 44 Hartington Street, Elsernwick, Vic.

Private Percy Buddle, aged 22 years, 38th Battalion.   Sailed from Australia on 16th July, 1917, was killed in action on 27th April 1918.  He was a member of the Rechabite Lodge, also a scholar of the Wilson Street Methodist Sunday School.  He was the second son of Mr. P. Buddle, mining manager of Bennett Street, Long Gullly.  His eldest brother, Private Edgar Buddle, has been on active service for three years.

Mr. and Mrs. P. Buddle, of Bonnett street, Long Gully, have received from Chaplain Charles Hall a letter of condolence in the loss of their son, Private Percy Buddle who was killed in action In France, on the 27th April. Chaplain Hall states that Private Buddle was killed by a shell while engaged in an heroic action on the part of the brigade to restore the line, which had been broken.  The line was restored in less than 25 hours, but at the cost, of several lives of our gallant soldiers, who paid the supreme sacrifice. His comrades brought the body back and he was given a soldier's funeral at the back of the lines in a little cemetery which had been set apart. A cross has been erected on the spot and he hoped it will not bo long before a plate is sent by the department. Everyone, in the battalion felt most keenly the loss of so gallant a soldier, and they offer their sincerest sympathy.