Buland, Air Mechanic Class I Henri Louis (353)

Australian Flying Corps

Henri Buland was born in Le Havre in France, and was aged 23 and working as a Photographer when he enlisted in ‘B’ Sqn of the 10th Light Horse AIF at Guildford, Western Australia, on 23 October 1914, and departed from Fremantle on HMAT A47 Mashobra on 8 February 1915. After several spells in hospital following service at Gallipoli, he transferred to No 67 (Australian) Sqn and then to No 68 (Australian) Sqn in December 1916 and moved to England with his new unit. He was assigned to Nos 31 and 49 Reserve Sqns RFC for trade training as a Photographer (he later re-mustered as an Assistant Armourer) before returning to No 68 Sqn and gaining promotion to AMI and, later, Acting Corporal. In January 1918 he transferred to No 3 Sqn AFC. He then served as the Official Photographer to the AFC until he was invalided to the UK with a leg injury in August 1918 and transferred to the AFC at Leighterton.

In early 1919 he fell victim to the Influenza Pandemic and died on 10 February. After his death, a package containing photographic equipment was sent back to Australia, after which efforts were made to trace his next of kin, but apparently without success. In 1926 the equipment, including photographs, was sent to the Australian War Museum (later the Australian War Memorial).

AMI H L Buland is buried in Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire, England.

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