Buchanan, Walter James: Service no. 126768

Digitized Service Record

Source: The Goderich Signal. September 26, 1918. Page 1. News article was in reference to Private Charles Austin Campbell’s death and was forwarded to me by Allen Miller from the 161st The Hurons Facebook Group. Researched soldiers from article and he was a member of the 18th.


Family Search: When Walter James Buchanan was born on 14 December 1894, in Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada, his father, James Henry Buchanan, was 30 and his mother, Catherine Macdonald, was 31. He married Cora Belle Washington on 2 May 1922, in Cook, Illinois, United States. He lived in Huron, Ontario, Canada in 1901. He registered for military service in 1915. In 1915, at the age of 21, his occupation is listed as bookeeper. He died on 5 December 1957, in Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 62, and was buried in Maitland Cemetery, Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada.

The Goderich Signal. September 26, 1918. Page 1.


Word was received yesterday morning by Mr. and Mrs. James Buchanan that their son. Pte. Walter James Buchanan, was admitted to hospital at Wimereux, France, September 18, with a gunshot wound in the back penetrating the chest. Pte. Buchanan could not have been in France more than ten days or so before he was wounded. He wrote home August 30th stating that he was reverting to the rank of private in order to go to France, having become tired of remaining in England. He enlisted in the fall of 1915 with the 71st Battalion, spent the winter training at Stratford, and went overseas in March of 1916 and had been in England ever since, holding the rank of quartermaster sergeant.

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