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Ross Bertram Buckley

Group, WW2, 3 servicemen army and navy left to right: Roderick Brown (31259) Ross Buckley (probably A/1876) and Gordon Buckley (31260), friends, probably taken in Auckland before they embarked (kindly provided by Brown family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, WW2, 3 servicemen army and navy left to right: Roderick Brown (31259) Ross Buckley (probably …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ross Bertram AWMM
  • Surname
    Buckley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    A/1876 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Ross Buckley was the son of Charles Bertram and Ada Florence Buckley of Sandringham, Auckland.

    Probably the brother of Gordon Lindsay Buckley (31260)

    Ross died when the Neptune struck several mines and sank off the coast of Tripoli.

    Neptune's Legacy by Nixie Taverner. HMS Neptune was launched at Portsmouth on 31 January 1933. She was one of five 'Leander' class light cruisers completed between 1933 and 1935. Two others were HMS Achilles and Leander serving in the RNZN. They displaced 7,200 tons, could make 32 knots and carried eight 6 inch guns and 550 crew. The Neptune was in the Mediterranean from 1 December 1941 as part of Force K which was searching for Axis shipping, especially those taking supplies to Rommel in North Africa. Early on the 19th the ships of Force K ran into a minefield.The Neptune hit three or four mines and sank with only one survivor. At the same time the Aurora was badly damaged and Penelope slightly.Trying to reach Neptune to assist, the destroyer Kandahar was mined and had to be scuttled the following day. On the same day in Alexandria harbour the Queen Elizabeth with Admiral Cunningham on board and the Valiant were both badly damaged and sank.The Mediterranean Fleet battle squadron ceased to exist. Of the total crew of 766 there was only one survivor.He was rescued off a raft five days later by an Italian destroyer and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    19 December 1941 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Wakatere Boating Club War Memorial Tower, Narrow Neck Beach, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

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  • And you are also fondly remembered by your little brother Graham. Phill 2017
    Public - Phill - Other relative - 19 February 2017
  • Uncle Ross, you will be pleased know your two sisters have never forgotten you, and tears still come to their eyes when talking about you, and the heart ache your signing up and death caused the family. Your picture is still present in our homes. Your nephew, Phill 2017
    Public - Phill - Other relative - 19 February 2017



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  • References
    • Brooke, J., Colemen, N., & Jackson, G. (Eds.). (1977). Record of the golden jubilee of the Wakatere Boating Club. Auckland, N.Z.: Wakatere Boating Club. AWMM
      Record of the Golden Jubilee of the Wakatere Boating Club. (1976). p. 26, 27 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12 AWMM


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14 May 2017HarleyTaurangaOther relative
19 February 2017PhillAuckland, NZOther relative

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