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William Cleminson Buckley was the son of Frank and Alice Ann Buckley and was born in Ashton Under Lyne on 18th March 1889.

At the time of the 1891 census the family were living at 10 Gordon Street, Ashton Under Lyne; and by 1901 they had moved next door to number 8. His father worked as a coal miner.

Initially William enlisted into the Army and joined 11th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment with the number 3591. He then set sail for Gallipoli on 6th July 1915. In December 1915, after the evacuation of Gallipoli, the Battalion sailed to Egypt and finally moved to France in July 1916.

William was then transferred to the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 29680. He was at some point attached to the 2/4th Battalion for a time, although the exact dates are not known.

William was awarded the Military Medal which was gazetted on 21st August 1917. This edition of the gazette was for acts of bravery in the field in June 1917, including awards for Messines on 7th June.

William survived the war and was discharged to Class Z Reserve. For his war service, in addition to the M.M, he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal.

William Buckley died in 1962.

Unfortunately his service and pension papers have not survived.

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One Response to 29680 PTE. W. BUCKLEY. L.N.LAN.R

  1. James says:

    This is my grandad.

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