Buchanan, Reginald James: Service no. 53440


Link to Strathroy Museum PDF with service record information.

Digitized Service Record

Source: Currie Memorial Project

Reginald James Buchanan: Honor Roll – From the McGill Honour Roll, 1914-1918. McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1926.

B.A., 1913

Born at Kerrwood, Ont., January 23rd, 1894. Enlisted, October 26th, 1914 in the 18th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Promoted to the rank of Acting Sergeant. Served in France. Killed in action, at Armentieres, July 13th, 1916.



275867_5Describing himself as a Travelling Secretary. He was on the eve of ordination in the ministry of the Anglican church. He sported a hockey stick scar below his right eye. He was promoted Sergeant in the field and seems to have been headed to a commission. On the 13th of July 1916 he was attached to a New Zealand division as a cadet and was struck by enfilading machine gun fire. His headstone is in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery Armentiere France. He was survived by his wife Beryl (nee Chambers) and a baby daughter.

“Killed in Action” While attached to General Headquarters Cadet School, at Blendecques, he was one of the party of four sent up on a visit of inspection, to the trenches at Steenwerck, the night of July 12th/13th 1916, when standing outside the dugout which was used as Headquarters by the 1st Battalion Otago Regiment, he was killed, presumably by fire from an enfilading machine gun.



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