Private Joseph Buckley, 29th Battalion

Born in Kyneton, Victoria, Joseph enlisted in early 1916. Almost immediately he went absent without leave, and a warrant for his arrest had him returned to camp. He continued to struggle with military discipline, and although he was a member of the platoon [in the linked photograph], he was an extremely reluctant one, having been escorted to join his unit by an armed guard. After the war he was charged with begging on the streets of London. On his return to Australia, he continued to struggle with alcohol, leading to repeated spells at the Lara Inebriate Retreat near Geelong. He died in Sydney in 1940.

Prepared by Drs Aaron Pegram, Meleah Hampton and Lachlan Grant,
Military History Section, Australian War Memorial, 28 March 2019.