Topic: Private Albert Valentine Buchly

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A soldier of the Great War who died of illness after the end of the war.

Private Albert Valentine Buchly - 38259                                                                                                        

Albert was born at Halswell, Christchurch 28 June 1894, son of Albert and Emma Buchley. Before enlisting he was working as a farm hand on the family farm at Brookside. He had previous military experience with the 13th Regiment with whom he was still serving. He was 5ft 10in tall with a dark complexion, grey eyes and dark hair.

Albert enlisted on 5th October 1916 and was assigned to 22nd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company. After training at Trentham, where he had a 15 day bout of influenza and pleurisy, he embarked on board the Navua on 16th February 1917 and left from Wellington for the war in Europe. He landed in England on 26th April 1917and marched into Sling Camp the same day. He left for France on 26th May 1917 and marched into camp at Etaples two days later. He joined the 1st Battalion Canterbury Infantry in the field on 19th June 1917. He was admitted sick to hospital just before Christmas on 22nd December 1917 with diarrhoea and debility. It was not until 20th January that he was well enough again to march in to camp at Abeele, west of Ypres. There he was assigned to the Entrenching Battalion and joined them in the field on 27th March 1918. However very soon after on 13th April he was once again admitted to hospital “sick”, this time with scabies, re-joining the battalion on the 17th. He went on two weeks leave to England from 16th August 1918 returning 3rd September. He was right back into the firing line being wounded 3 days later on 6th September suffering a gunshot wound to his hand and neck. He was admitted to the 3rd Stationary Hospital in Rouen on the 8th and transferred to England the next day. He was admitted to the 1st New Zealand General Hospital at Brockenhurst on the 10th September. After a medical board hearing he was discharged on account of illness and on 15 November he was sent from Brockenhurst to Torquay, the Discharge Depot. He was given leave until 29 November 1918 and then returned on board the Briton on 23rd December 1918, arriving back in New Zealand on 29 January 1919. He was discharged to Cashmere Hospital for treatment. His final discharge was in NZ on 28 April 1920. He died on 25 August 1924. It was felt that his death was due to War service and his name was added to the Irwell Plaque of the Ellesmere County War Memorial. He is buried in the cemetery of St James Anglican Church, Harewood Road.

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Private Albert Valentine Buchly


First Names:Albert Valentine
Last Name:Buchly
Date of Birth:28 June 1894
Place of Birth:Halswell, Christchurch
Date of Death:25th August 1924.
Place of Death:New Zealand
Memorial or Cemetery: St James Anglican Church, Harewood Road.
Age at death:30
User Name:L. M. Seaton
Other names known by:Birth Registration gives Buckly
Occupation before enlisting:Farm Hand
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Infantry Regiment
Enlistment details:15 October 1916
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Albert and Emma Buchly, Brookside, Canterbury, New Zealand
Service Number:38259
Rank last held:Private
Embarkation:16 February 1917
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Navua
Theatres of War:Western Front
Cause of Death:Illness
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