Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jack Buchan

Serial Number and Rank:  988, SGT
Birth:  Milton 1892/22550
Parents:  John Findlay Buchan & Mary Jane Kendall
Enlisted:  Marrickville 19 September 1914
Next of Kin:  Wife M T Buchan
Service:  60th Battalion 2nd Contigent
Marriage:  Mary T Aird 1914 Ryde/17196
War Record:  RTA 24 August 1918
Honour Rolls:  Milton Church of England, RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial
Notes: Brother to Ronald Buchan, Ernest Buchan
Descendant of William Rutter

John Findlay Buchan and his wife Mary Jane nee Kendall of Milton had three sons who enlisted for service during WW1.  John Findlay Buchan was born at Ulladulla in 1853; he was one of the pioneer dairymen and graziers of the district. For many years he was an active member of the local agricultural association, and was one of its most successful exhibitors. Till he was 60 years he was a keen cricketer and in 1921 with his wife Mary and a daughter, they left Milton and took up residence at Artarmon in Sydney. Mary Jane Kendall was born 1857 at Kiama; she married John Buchan in 1882 at Ulladulla. Their three sons who served in WW1 were all born at Milton, Sergeant Jack Buchan born in 1899, Private Ronald Buchan born 1896 and Ernest Buchan born 1899.

Jack Buchan was living in Marrickville Sydney had only recently married when he enlisted in September 1914, he served for a total of four years. He was first appointed to 6th Army Service Corps. Jack was promoted to Corporal in January 1916 and then to Sergeant in February 1916, before he was transferred to the 60th Battalion. He served in both Egypt and France.

Lieut. Rupert Cork wrote many letter home during his war service in May 1915 he wrote:

“No doubt the residents of Milton are wondering how the local boys are getting on in Egypt. Well, I have only seen two of them, Norman Davis, and Jack Buchan.  Jack Buchan is camped only ten yards from my tent, so I often see him; he is in the A.S.C. Jack is well and is very keen for the front. His job, of course, is all to do with the transport of food”.

In June 1915, the Times newspaper reported that Lieut. Rupert Cork had report from Cairo Egypt that he had met up with Jack Buchan, who was driving an army service wagon, and in the wagon team he recognised a horse formerly in use on Mr. Frederick William Cork’s farm at Woodburn.

Jack returned from war service in August 1918, his name was listed in the Sydney Morning Herald in October 1918 as a returning ANZAC, of the 60th Battalion who enlisted in 1914.

He was discharged in December 1918 and awarded the 1914/1915 star, British war medal and Victory medal. Jack’s name is listed on many of the local war honour rolls:  Milton Ulladulla, RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial, and Milton Church of England.

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