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William J. Buchanan


39th Battalion

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal

Tree Information

  • Species: NULL
  • Planted By: N. Price
  • Plaque: 2025

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Born in Ballart East, Victoria and a Blacksmith by trade, William John Buchanan was 18 years and single enlisted on the 22nd of January 1916 in the 39th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 1789. Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS 'Orontes' on the 16th of August 1916. On the 26th of December 1917 re-joined battalion from hospital sick France; on the 24th of April 1918 wounded in action 2nd occasion and invalided to UK gunshot wound right leg and arm on the 1st of July 1918. Shell wound Mericourt Amputation right leg (middle of thigh) popliteal space (middle thigh) foot and leg swollen, gas crepitation on the 24th of April 1918 Somme, France; gunshot wound right arm causing no incontinence and was listed as returned to Australia on the 16th of March 1919 per 'Dunluce Castle' on the 15th of May 1919 Military Unit and Discharged on the 5th of March 1920. Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll) *Given name William Jolue Tree No. 2025

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour