Buckley Paul

Name   Paul William Buckley   Rank: Corporal

Number   VX103873

Battalion   13 Armoured Regiment

Place of Birth. Yarram 13 August 1914

Next of Kin Bernard Buckley, his father. He was the son of Bernard Edmund and Ada Kate Buckley of Buffalo

Date and place of enlistment 2 September 1942 Caulfield

Location on enlistment   South Melbourne

Occupation Stockman and professional runner

Date and place of death 16 November 1942 at Puckapunyal as a result of a tank accident, aged 28.

Location of grave or memorial

He is buried in Springvale War Cemetery. He is on memorials in Leongatha and Tarwin Lower.

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He lived in Buffalo on his family’s property.

Paul had some success as a foot runner competing in gifts throughout Victoria.

Military History

Paul enlisted in September 1942 and was placed in the 13th Armoured Regiment. He had been training at Puckapunyal for around 9 weeks when he was killed in a tank accident.

The following appeared in The Age

Five of the seven occupants of a General Grant training tank

were killed when the tank overturned near Melbourne.

Two other occupants escaped injury.

Those killed were:-

Corporal Paul William Buckley of Buffalo

Trooper John McKenzie Russell of Orbost

Trooper Keith Joyce of Murrumbeena

Trooper Gordon Stewart McLeod of Mooroopna

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