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Buck. Circa 1943
Ken Circa 2002
Name: Buckler K.W.
Service No: NX191513
1939: Joined the work force with the PMG delivering telegrams.
Enlisted in the Australian Army on the 10th of August 1942 with regimental number of N252853 .
Postings: --BAtHURST infantry training and signals school.
Canungra: -- Commando and jungle training. Transferred to A.I.F. NX191513
Wondecla: -- 2/10 Australian commando squadron signals troop.
11th of September 1944: wounded on parade ground by exploding grenade during display of Japanese weaponry. A piece of shrapnel retained in the right leg. (Go to Library "Wondecla Bomblast(The Facts)")
14/10/44:- Sailed on S.S.Katoomba with 2/6 Cavalry Commando regiment to Aitape to participate in the Aitape Wewak Campaign.
Attached to "B" Troop during patrolling and skirmishes in the Torricelli Mountains. Was at Milak during the week long siege.
Contracted Dengue fever and was hospitalized back at Ami, also suffered Dermatitis and Tropical Ulcers. Rejoined the unit but skin complaints worsened and was sent ot hospital in Lae where one was boarded "B2" Unfit for tropical service; subsequently sent back to Australia, arriving in Sydney 14/08/1945.
Spent eleven Months Nocturnally manning a switchboard at Morebank for A.W.A.S.Unit prior to eventual discharge from the army 18/07/1946.
All post-war employment with P.M.G. Supply branch. Duties included: Storekeeping, consignment of goods, stocktaking, arranging contracts for purchase of goods and services and disposal of unwanted stock.
Retired at age 60.
Married Eileen 07/05/1949 (Deceased)
Children: Julie. Jeffrey(Deceased). Joanne.
Sports played: Rugby League, Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, Squash, Lawn Bowls.
Service on the Committee 2/6Cavalry Commando Regiment Association (N.S.W.)
Reflections on return to Milak 39 years later.(Get from KRJ)
W.I.A. Not recorded.
One night during the week long siege at Milak, Buck was in a foxhole by himself exchanging fire with the Japs, when an enemy bullet struck a rock close to his head, spraying the right side of his face with tiny pieces of rock. Buck heard a big BANG! and was knocked over non compos mentis. After recovering consciousness he felt his face, finding it numb and bloody. Not knowing what really happened, he was convinced he was a goner. Eventually he realised that he might live after all.
It took 3 weeks to pick out all the pieces of rock from his face.
|THIS SERVICE RECORD COPIED FROM A.W.M. Nominal rolls WW2|
|Name||BUCKLER, KENNETH WALTER |
|Service||Australian Army |
|Service Number||NX191513 (N252853) |
|Date of Birth||17 Feb 1924|
|Place of Birth||SUMMER HILL, NSW |
|Date of Enlistment||3 Jan 1944 |
|Locality on Enlistment||ASHFIELD, NSW |
|Place of Enlistment||CANUNGRA, QLD |
|Next of Kin||BUCKLER, LESLIE |
|Date of Discharge||18 Jul 1946|
|Posting at Discharge||2/10 COMMANDO SQN |