John William (Jack) BUCKINGHAM

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BUCKINGHAM, John William

Service Number: 2334
Enlisted: 12 June 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Collingwood, Victoria , 1898
Home Town: Collingwood, Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 3 October 1917
Cemetery: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*
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World War 1 Service

12 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2334, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2334, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
28 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2334, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
15 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2334, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2334, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
21 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2334, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Menin Road
3 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2334, 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Polygon Wood

the story of John William Buckingham

John William Buckingham was the eldest son of William John Buckingham who was killed on the 8th of may 1915 during the second battle of krithia and his death hit the family hard but John took it the hardest and it made him fired up and determined to join the war but was too young at the time. but on his 18th Birthday in June 1916 he enlisted and he then shipped out one month later in July and arrived on the western front in December and was at Operations on the Ancre and The Battle of Arras until may 1917 when he got trench fever. He was in England for 3 months where he wrote to his mother and also sent her sending a birthday card until September where he rejoined his unit at The Battle of the Menin Road then on October the 3rd he was killed instantly during the battle of polygon wood at age 19 and was buried by his comrades in an isolated grave which the location remains unknown.

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Biography contributed by Thomas Buckingham

Buried in a isolated grave by his comrades 3/4 mile west of Zonnebeke, and 3 3/4 mile east of Ypres, Belgium

His burial cross reads: "R.I.P In memory of 2334, Pte. J. W. BUCKINGHAM, 2/Pnr, A.I.F., K.I.A 3.10.17"