Godfrey John BUCKLAND

BUCKLAND, Godfrey John

Service Number: 583
Enlisted: 26 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: King Edward's Horse
Born: Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Hunters Hill, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Schooling: Church of England Grammar School, Tudor House School Moss Vale, Barker College Hornsby
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 7 August 1915
Cemetery: Rifle House Cemetery
IV D 2
Memorials: Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour Book
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World War 1 Service

26 Aug 1914: Enlisted British Forces (All Conflicts), Private, 583, King Edward's Horse

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mr. Thomas Buckland, Hunter's Hill, of King Edward's Horse. Private Godfrey John Buckland, who has been killed in action in France, was the second son of Mr. Thomas Buckland (director of the Bank of N.S.W.), of Lyndhurst, Hunter's Hill. The deceased, who was only 22 years of age, was educated first at the Church of England Grammar School, then at Tudor House School, Moss Vale, and finally at Barker College, Hornsby. He was for some time in Northern Queensland, on Cardigan station, which is his father's property, and left there last year to accompany his parents to England where he enlisted with the King Edward's Horse on 26th August, 1914.

After nine months training in England he proceeded to France and joined his regiment, but his military life was destined to last less than a year. He was in action at Ploegsteert Wood in July, 1915. On 7th August, 1915, he was standing with Lieutenant Frank Bethell and two others outside a  dugout, when a German rifle grenade came over, striking Godfrey Buckland and two of his companions. Lieutenant Bethell rushed for help and  promptly obtained it, but Godfrey Buckland cried: "See to the others; I' m done for." He died very soon afterwards.

Source Bank of NSW Roll of Honour