James Buckingham

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jan 3, 1882

Born in London, England.


May 10, 1916

Attested into the 93rd Battalion in Peterborough, Ontario.

Ø      Number 195968

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary Buckingham, sister, address not known

o       This was later changed to read Mrs. M. McMahon, friend, 114 Robinson St., Peterborough, Ontario.  She is also recorded as his Foster Mother.

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to West Sandling.


Oct 6, 1916

The 93rd Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.


Oct 27, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Nov 3, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 134 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Nov 24, 1916

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion.


Nov 28, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements.


Feb 5, 1917

Admitted to the No. 3 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Bronchitis.


Feb 11, 1917

Discharged to duty from the No. 3 CFA.


Feb 21, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join his Battalion.


Feb 22, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion with its headquarters in the Maison Blanche.


May 9, 1917

While his Company was under the Command of the 20th Canadian Battalion near Fresnoy, he was killed during an enemy artillery barrage and buried near Arleux-en-Gohelle.



When the war ended, his body could not be located and he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his sister, Mrs Mary Allen, 9 Gloucester Rd., Phillip Lane, Tottenham, London, England.

There was no Memorial Cross issued.


James Buckingham is Commemorated on the Peterborough Ontario Cenotaph

HHe is also commemorated in the Peterborough Memorial Centre

Thank you Sarge

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