Buckland, Lieutenant William Alexander John

No 3 Sqn AFC

William Buckland came from Moe, Victoria. He was nearly 22 and working as an Engineer when he enlisted in the 12th Field Company, Engineers, in Melbourne on 12 January 1916, before departing from Melbourne on HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June. After service on the Western Front, he transferred to the AFC and, after graduation as an observer; he was commissioned in June 1917 and posted to No 69 (Australian) Sqn RFC.

He was killed in action over the Morlancourt Ridge on 6 May 1918 when flying as observer in RE 8 A4404, flown by Capt H D E Ralfe, who was also killed. The RE 8 was attacked by several Fokker Dr.Is at 07.15 and went down in flames. Ltn Viktor von Pressentin von Rautter of Jasta 4 claimed a victory; it was the 5th of his eventual 15 victories before his death in action in combat with French Bréguet bombers on 31 May.

Lt W A J Buckland is buried in Grave II A 5 at Vignacourt Cemetery, France.

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