Sydney John BUCKLEY

BUCKLEY, Sydney John

Service Number: 1141
Enlisted: 6 March 1915, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia , 1877
Home Town: Alexandria, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Blackfriars Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Boilermaker
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Turkey, 1 September 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 64, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haymarket Loco Boiler Shop Roll of Honour, Haymarket NSW Government Railway and Tramway Honour Board, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

6 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1141, 19th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
25 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 1141, 19th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
25 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 1141, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne

Great Sydney Central Station Honour Board

Sydney John BUCKLEY, (Service Number 1141) born in Barraba in 1877, was in Sydney by 1894, when he appeared in court as a ‘larrikin’ charged with pulling feathers from the ostriches at the Taronga Zoo (actually the Zoo was at Moore Park at that time). He began work with the NSWGR as a boilermaker’s labourer in 1908, then switched to the Tramways in a similar role at Randwick from 1909-1912, when he resigned. He was re-employed at Eveleigh from the beginning of 1914 and may also have had an interest in a firm of motor engineers and garage proprietors in Church Street, Parramatta at this time. In March 1915 he was released from duty to join the AIF at Liverpool.
Embarked from Sydney in June 1915, he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 1 September by shellfire. Buried ‘outside the English trenches’, he has no known grave, but is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial.
A single man, he had lived with his mother and siblings at Alexandria. His mother was granted a war pension, but did not long survive him, dying in 1916.
(NAA B2455-3162732)

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of William and Mary Buckley of 15 Renwick Street, Alexandria, NSW. Brother of George Buckley and Mrs A Fegan (nee Buckley) of the same address

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal