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  • Name: Alexander Henry BUCKLEY
  • D.O.B: 22nd July, 1891
  • D.O.A: 1st September, 1918
  • D.O.D: 1st September, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Temporary Corporal, 54th Battalion (New South Wales), 14th Brigade, 5th Division, Australian Imperial Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Péronne, France 1-2 September 1918

1-2 September 1918

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In the successful Australian assault on Péronne on 1 September 1918 53rd Battalion (New South Wales) took part in the attack on Anvil Wood, just north-west of the town. Here Private W M Currey captured an enemy machine-gun. His battalion then came under fire from German troops who were holding out at Mont St Quentin to the north and at this point he disabled another enemy machine-gun. It was at 3am on the following morningIn the successful Australian assault on Péronne on 1 September 1918 53rd Battalion (New South Wales) took part in the attack on Anvil Wood, just north-west of the town. Here Private W M Currey captured an enemy machine-gun. His battalion then came under fire from German troops who were holding out at Mont St Quentin to the north and at this point he disabled another enemy machine-gun. It was at 3am on the following morning that he succeeded in warning an isolated company under Lieutenant W Waite to withdraw. Meanwhile, 54th Battalion (New South Wales) had been assigned to clear the area between the River Somme and the town and then to take the town itself. Temporary Corporal A H Buckley and Corporal A C Hall both distinguished themselves in capturing enemy machinegun posts. The Germans retreated into Péronne. Buckley was killed while attempting, with a small party, to cross a footbridge over the moat into the town. However, Hall and his unit were able to lay a plank bridge over the moat and enter the town. The following day, as the Australians consolidated their capture of Péronne, Hall carried a wounded soldier to safety.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice at Peronne during the operations on 1/2nd September, 1918. After passing the first objective his half-company and part of the company on the flank were held up by an enemy machine-gun nest. With one man he rushed the post, shooting four of the occupants and taking 22 prisoners. Later on, reaching a moat, it was found that another machine-gun nest commanded the only available foot-bridge. Whilst this was being engaged from a flank Corporal Buckley endeavoured to cross the bridge and rush the post, but was killed in the attempt. Throughout the advance he had displayed great initiative, resource and courage, and by his effort to save his comrades from casualties, he set a fine example of self-sacrificing devotion to duty. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, p. 14778

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