Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ronald Buchan

Serial Number and Rank:  16854, DRV
Birth: Milton 1896/14169
Parents:  John Findlay Buchan & Mary J Kendall
Enlisted:  Sydney 23 October 1916
Next of Kin:  F. Jack Buchan of Milton
Service:  7th E C Engrs. RTA 6 August 1919
Honour Rolls:  Milton Church of England
Croobyar Public School
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Brother to Jack 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.

The second Buchan brother to enlist was Ronald Buchan in October 1916, Ronald was working as a Mechanic in Sydney. He was appointed to the Field Company Engineers and returned home to Milton for a few days.  Privates Bruce Wilson and Ronald Buchan both from Milton and attached to the Engineers came home in December 1916 on final leave.

Ronald left Australia in February 1917 serving in both England and France. Completing his war service in September 1919 per the 7th Field Company Engineers with the rank of Driver. His name is listed on many local honour rolls: Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll, Milton Town Memorial, Milton Church of England and the Croobyar Public School. Ronald was awarded the British war medal and Victory medal.

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