The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Lieutenant (later Major C de G) Donald Buchanan

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Donald Buchanan

Ancestor's date of birth: 23/01/1875

Ancestor's date of death: 29/04/1947

Cause of Death: Throat cancer

Service Number: Officer - no number

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Not Provided

Unit: 3rd New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: LT, Date Effective: 21/05/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): MAJ, Date Effective: 01/10/1917

Murray Page: 147

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 02/04/1901

Memorial details: Gilgandra cemetery, Gilgandra Services Wall of Remembrance.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Croix de Guerre (Belgium).

Personal Characteristics: A grazier from Riverstone New South Wales. Height 175 cm hair turned white as a result of World War One, Could be a little austere.

Reasons to go and fight: A passionate believer in duty to God, King, Country and Empire.

Details of service in war: May 1901 - May 1902 in west then east Transvaal then west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Became Army area officer for area 36a. Was single and living at Lochiel, Stanton Road, Haberfield, New South Wales in 1915. Joined the AIF on 1 May 1915, served in the 13th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters and Machine Gun Section in France and Belgium. Awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre for service.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Donna Brooker, Singleton NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter

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