Denis Frederick Buckley

Son of Chas and Sarah C Buckley
Born 1894 near to town of Derby, England

In 1901, aged 7, he was living at the Post Office & Saddlers Shop, London Road, Boulton-by-Derby
His fathers occupation was Sub Post Master & Saddler
His siblings were Bertie 13 and Janet 10.

In 1911, Denis was a farm boy, living as a servant to Thomas Prince of Vicar Wood, Mackworth, Derby.

Between 1911 and 1915 at least Denis and his father emigrated to Gooemri, Kilkevin, Queensland, Australia.
Member of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows

8th July 1915 Denis enlisted into the 31st Battalion Machine Gun Section of the Australian Imperial Force at Brisbane,Queensland, Australia.
Aged 21 years 6 months
Trade or calling: Farmer
Height 5ft 9.5inches, weight 9st 11lbs, chest measurement 33-35.25 inches
Fresh complexion, brown eyes, black hair.
Service Number: 104. Rank: Driver

9th November 1915 - 31st Battalion embarked Melbourne per HMAT “Bakara”
13th December 1915 - Disembarked ex HMAT “Bakara”
9th March 1916 – Transferred to 8th Battalion Machine Gun Company (formerly 15th) at Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt
11th March 1916 - Transferred on strength from 31st to 8th Battalion Machine Gun Company
16th June 1916 – Embarked to join BEF British Expeditionary Force per HMT “Tunisian”, Alexandria
23rd June 1916 – Disembarked at Marseille, France
21st July 1916 – Gun shot wound to face and upper arm, dangerously ill
22nd July 1916 – Died of wounds
26th July 1916 – Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. Sheet 28.5.14c. Plot 2 row F grave 83. Recordes as aged 24, but should be 22
Place of association: Currumbin, Queensland, Australia
Effects sent to his father: coin, letter, pocket wallet, pocket knife, knife sheath, french book, wrist watch and strap, photo, book, note book, 2 badges.

Father had died by 1924
Oldest sister: Mrs Florence Bray, South Africa
Brother: Mr Bertie Buckley, 45 Fife Street, Crewton, Derby, England
Sister: Mrs Harriet Lamb, “Alvaston” Cushing Avenue, Bentleigh, Victoria

Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Source: Australian War Memorial 145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

Alvaston Memorial