Cecil Gordon GRAY-BUCHANAN

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GRAY-BUCHANAN, Cecil Gordon

Service Number: 592
Enlisted: 2 September 1914, Rockhampton, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Glasgow, Scotland, 1 October 1886
Home Town: Aramac, Barcaldine, Queensland
Schooling: Fettes College, Edinburgh
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 29 May 1915, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Grave III. F. 14. INSCRIPTION SON OF COL. J. R. GRAY-BUCHANAN EASTFIELD HOUSE CAMBUSLANG,SCOTLAND
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Barcaldine War Memorial Clock Tower
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 592, Rockhampton, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 592, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 592, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of England, Brisbane
13 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 592, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Cecil was a Trooper with the 2nd Australian Light Horse; he was 29.

His brother, Captain Walter Bruce Gray-Buchanan, aged 29, also fell. He died 10th March 1915 whilst serving as Adjutant 2nd Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

They were sons of Colonel James Ross Gray-Buchanan and Catherine F. Gray-Buchanan of Eastfield by Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.

The brothers are honoured on the Rutherglen Memorial.

He is one of 11 Australian soldier casualties of the Great War who are remembered on the Rutherglen war memorial.

The listing of names and the nationality of the force with which they serve is not entirely accurate.

The main memorial, The Cenotaph, was constructed in the 1920's and stands at the west end of Rutherglen Main Street. A further memorial stands in Rutherglen cemetery. Although the Sword of Remembrance memorial at the entrance to Rutherglen Cemetery, again constructed in the early 1920's, contains an inscription it contains no names unlike the Cenotaph.

The main memorial was unveiled on 26th October 1924; the memorial itself was by Robert Gray sculptors of Glasgow, and the bronze figure of 'Courage' is by George Henry Paulin.

The provost of Rutherglen called a meeting on 10th May 1920 to consider the erection of a memorial. After some debate it was decided to erect a commemorative memorial rather than a utilitarian memorial such as a hospital or social club. By 1921 the decision was taken to halt fund raising " in respect that there was at present in the Burgh considerable distress in consequence of the large amount of unemployment for which a Public Relief Fund was presently being raised". It is worth remembering that the vast majority of war memorials were erected by public subscription made up from large numbers of small donations from ordinary people who by 1921 were suffering badly from high unemployment.

 

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