CORPORAL Heber (Jack) Buxton

Reg. No. 579

Heber (Jack) Buxton was born in South Anston, Yorkshire in 1888 and migrated to Australia in 1911.  He enlisted in the 9th Battalion, AIF, on 2 September 1914 and embarked from Australia on 24 September 1914 for Egypt.  He had been employed as a salesman before enlisting.

The 9th Battalion was one of the first Australian units to land at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. 

Jack was badly wounded to the left hand and chest at Gabe Tepe on 6 June 1915.  He was transferred to the No. 1 Australian General Hospital in Heliopolis.  He also suffered a severe ear infection and spent some time in hospital in Cairo in late 1915.

The 9th Battalion left Alexandria on 27 March 1916 for Marseilles arriving on 3 April, 1916.  The Battalion was engaged in battles in the Somme and around Ypres in Belgium.  Due to ongoing health issues, Jack was assigned to the Postal Corp where he remained for the rest of the war. 

He attended Musketry School at Sutton Veny in England from 16 January to 16 February 1918 becoming proficient in the use of the Lewis Gun before returning to France on30 June 1918.

Jack remained in England for some time after the end of the war and married Enid Durie.  Together they left England on 9 January 1920 aboard the ‘Megantic’ to return to Australia.  He was discharged from the army on 13 March 1920.  He later became manager of the Brisbane firm, Hoey and Fry.  Jack died in 1960.

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LANCE SGT John Tunney

Reg.No.906

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John Tunney was born in 1884 in Newcastle NSW.  His occupation was coal miner.  He enlisted in the 34th Battalion, AIF, on 22 January 1916 and embarked from Australia on 23 June 1916 on the Hororata to travel to Plymouth.  He went to France on 21 November 1916.

John received a gunshot wound to the neck on 12 October 1917 and was transferred to hospital in England.  He returned to France on 30 January 1918 and was hospitalized in France due to illness from 9 March 1918 to 12 May 1918.

He was killed in action at Mont St Quentin on 31 August 1918.  His official records show that he was buried in a shell hole behind the water well.  His remains were later moved to Hem Farm Military Cemetery.

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SGT Frederick Thomas

Reg. No. 388

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Frederick Thomas was born in Roma, Queensland in 1891. He enlisted in the 9th Battalion, AIF, on 2 September 1914 and embarked from Australia on 24 September 1914 for Egypt.

The 9th Battalion was one of the first Australian units to land at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.  Thomas was wounded that day.  According to Chris Lowndes in his 2011 book, ‘Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Service’ published by Boolarong Press, Brisbane on the deeds of the 9th Battalion, ‘Thomas’s shoulder was smashed by shrapnel.’

Fred returned to duty at Gabe Tepe on 23 May 1915 and left Gallipoli on 4 January 1916 on the ‘Grampian’ to Alexandria.

The 9th Battalion left Alexandria on 27 March 1916 for Marseilles arriving on 3 April, 1916.  The Battalion was engaged in battles in the Somme and around Ypres in Belgium.

On 2July 1916 Fred was wounded in the knee and returned to his unit a week later.  He was hospitalized from 14 to 22 November 1916 due to illness. 

He attended Musketry School at Sutton Veny in England from 16 January to 16 February 1918 becoming proficient in using the Lewis Gun before returning to France on 30 June 1918.

Fred left England on 24 September 1918 on special leave and returned to Australia.  He was discharged from the army on 24 January 1919.  He never married and worked on the Brisbane trams after leaving the army.

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Private James Arthur Thomas Holt

No. 411

Born 31 December 1895, Died 3 June 1966

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Arthur enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 13 April 1916

The enlistment form said that he had 4 years in the Senior Cadets S.A. and 2 years 4 months in the Citizen Forces, AMC.

Arthur was assigned to the Sixth Machine Gun Reinforcements, 12th MG Coy. He departed Melbourne on 30 October 1916 on the vessel Pt Lincoln and transferred to the Ulysses in Sierra Leone on 5 December 1916 arriving Devonport, England on 28 December 1916. He was then transferred to the army base at Perham Downs. On 18 February 1917 he was assigned to the 5th Divisional MG Coy and proceeded overseas to France on 25 April 1917 as a reinforcement for the 13th MG Coy. He joined this company on 16 June 1917. On 27 September 1917 he received a shrapnel wound to the neck and was admitted to the 2nd AGH at Boulogne. Arthur rejoined his unit on 24 October 1917 and was wounded a second time on 22 January 1918. This time it was a gunshot wound to the back and he was transferred to the War Hospital in Chester.

Arthur was released from hospital on 18 February 1918 and after furlough was ordered to report to No. 1 Com. Depot, Sutton Veny on 4 March 1918. After further training in England he proceeded to the Machine Gun Depot at Camiera in France on 26 April 1918. On 7 May 1918 he rejoined his unit now re-designated the 4th MG Coy. On 6 November 1918 he contracted influenza and he was transferred to the 3rd AGH at Abbeville, France on 15 November 1919.

On 12 May 1919 Arthur left England as a part of Quota no. 25 on board the Pt Napier to return to Australia arriving Sydney on 4 July 1919.

Apart from the wounds recorded on his army file, other information on the file indicates that he had been gassed and treated several times in field dressing stations.

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Sapper Leo William Booth

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Service No. 152 6th Battalion and 2302 Aust. Light Rail Operating Company.

Sapper Leo William BOOTH enlisted twice. The first time in Melbourne on 17 Aug 1914.

Photographed with his brother Vincent Paul BOOTH. He worked for the railways as an Engine Cleaner prior to enlisting. Leo was born at Crossover on Dec 5th, 1894 the 3rd son of Charles and Margaret Selina BOOTH(nee Serong).

He embarked for overseas service from Melbourne on 19th Oct, 1914. Severely wounded by gunshot fracturing his right thigh at Gallipoli on 1st May 1915 he was admitted to No.5 Indian Hospital. He was not taken off the dangerously ill list until 15 Sept 1915, some four months after being wounded. He was invalided to Wandsworth Hospital in the UK per “Goorhka” and eventually returned to Australia per “Euripedes’ n 24 June 1916.

He re-enlisted at Broadmeadows on 19 Oct 1917 and proceeded overseas again serving in France and England before returning to Aus. on the “Karmala” being discharged on September 10th 1919.

In civilian life he rejoined the railways working at Pinnaroo, Ultimo and Rutherglen before his death in June 1953. He is buried at Carlyle Cemetery, Wagunyah, Victoria.

Courtesy - Ann Bullen cousin

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