June 17 – Veteran focus

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Thomas George Buchanan, RAMC officer from Lisburn served in Gaza, Palestine, and Egypt

Thomas George Buchanan.RAMC. Lieutenant Colonel. MiD.

 

A report in the Lisburn Standard 22/11/1918 stated that he had “died in Egypt on 19/11/1918 of wounds received in action. He mobilised with the North Midland Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance on the opening of the war, his captaincy dating from 19/08/1914. He was promoted to the rank of major 24/09/1915, and later was appointed temporary lieutenant-colonel…This gallant officer, who had seen a good deal of active service, is survived by his wife (a niece of Lady Paget) and a daughter.”

The following week’s edition of the Lisburn Standard (29/11/1918) reported, “Following the intimation that Lieutenant-Colonel T. J. Buchanan, RAMC, had died of wounds in Egypt, further inquiries were made by the relatives, who had not been officially notified, and it was found that he was still alive. Letters have been received stating that he was recovering from an attack of influenza. On two occasions he was mentioned in despatches from Palestine. His father resides at Lissue, Lisburn, also his wife and child. “

 

“Inst in the Great War” records – “The school magazine School News lists a Lt Col T G Buchanan of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Roll of Honour published after the end of the war; however no officer of this name appears in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the listing of “Officers Died in the Great War”.

 

However, an officer of this name attended Queen’s University Belfast and served with the North Midland Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, but he is known to have survived until 1945. Therefore it is suspected that the school mistakenly believed he had died and was so added to the Memorial and Roll of Honour”.

On 14/05/1908 he passed Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery & Obstetrics at the Royal University of Ireland. In the 1911 United Kingdom Census, he is listed as single and a house surgeon at the General Infirmary, Burton on Trent, England. His address in the Medical Register is 275 Branstone Road, Burton-on-Trent. On 17/06/1913 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Field Ambulance of the North Midland Mounted Brigade.

On 15/09/1915 he married Evelyn Kathleen Julia Macfaren Myhill at The Church of St Stephen, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

 

On 24/09/1915 he transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps and was promoted to the rank of Major. He entered France in October.

 

He served in the Middle-East from 1917 and was attached to the Royal Artillery. On September 25 he was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a first time. In early October 1917: The British launched a campaign to seize the Palestinian Territory from the Ottoman Empire that ended in the capture of Gaza (November) and Jerusalem on December 9.

On 14/06/1918 he was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a second time by General Allenby. In August the British launched one last effort in the Middle-East culminating with the capitulation of the Ottoman Empire on October 30.

In July 1925 he was appointed Medical Officer to Ministry of Pensions. In 1940 he was the Assistant-Director. He was born on 20/11/1883 in Magheragall, Co Antrim. Son of Thomas and Maria Jane Buchanan. He died 17/06/1976 at Norwich Road Wroxham, Norwich.

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