• John Joseph Buckley

Army / Flying Corps
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Unknown
  • Private

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  • Military Medal (MM)
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Goulburn, NSW, Australia

  • Birth

    Nimmitabel, NSW, Australia

Stories and comments
    • description of photo in Australian War Memorial.
    • Posted by helenpre, Thursday, 17 September 2015

    Group portrait of members of the 55th Battalion who enlisted in 'The Men from Snowy River' recruitment march in the Monaro region of NSW in January 1916. Back row, from left to right: 2139 Private (Pte) Walter Gerald Collins of Numeralla; 2252 Pte Arthur Winner of Bombala; A. Ferrier (identification not confirmed); 2121 Pte Haloran (Hal) Archer of Tarcutta; 2166 Pte Francis (Frank) Hayes of Bredbo; 2225 Pte Ronald Randall of Wolumla; 2214 Pte Ernest Pegram (served under the alias Arthur Joseph Pegram); 2148 Pte Edwin Freebody of Nimmitabel; 2280 Pte Hubert (Bert) McDonald of Myalla; 2168 Pte William James of Nimmitabel. Middle row: 2149 Pte Clarence Foster of Ardlethan; 2258 Pte Stanley Yelds of Sydney; 2246 Pte Simon Turner of Adaminaby; 2200 Pte Leslie McDonald of Myalla; 2281 Henry Pegram of Bredbo. Front row: 2133 Pte John Buckley of Myalla; 2196 Pte Timmothy McMahon of Michelago; 2173 Pte Andrew Levi of Port Adelaide, South Australia; 2199 Pte Roderick McDonald of Nimmitabel; 2283 Pte Francis Rees. Of the twenty men depicted in the group, eight died on active service. Pte Walter Collins died of wounds sustained during the fighting at Peronne on 2 September 1918; Pte, later Corporal Arthur Winner died of broncho-pneumonia in France on 2 January 1919; Pte Ronald Randall died of wounds sustained during the fighting at Peronne on 3 September 1918; Pte Ernest Pegram was killed in action during the fighting at Doignies on 2 April 1917; Pte Edwin Freebody was killed in action during the Battle of Polygon Wood on 23 September 1917; Pte Simon Turner was killed in action during the fighting at Doignies on 2 April 1917; Pte Leslie McDonald died of wounds sustained at Peronne on 1 October 1918; Pte John Buckley was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for actions during the Second Battle of Bullecourt in May 1917, and died of wounds sustained during the fighting at Peronne on 3 September 1918. Most of the men formed part of the 4th Reinforcements of the 55th Battalion, the photograph being taken on the Salisbury Plains several weeks before they were sent to France.

    Australian War Memorial