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Mary Alice BUERCKNER was born on 28 December 1901 in Condobolin NSW. She died on 30 March 1979 at the age of 77 in Fifield, NSW. Parents: Charles Henry BUERCKNER and Elizabeth Shankland ARMSTRONG.

Spouse: Allen Arthur ELDRIDGE. Mary Alice BUERCKNER and Allen Arthur ELDRIDGE were married on 15 April 1925 in Condobolin NSW. Children were: William Charles ELDRIDGE, Beatrice Mary ELDRIDGE, Helen May ELDRIDGE, ELDRIDGE, ELDRIDGE, ELDRIDGE, ELDRIDGE, Allan James ELDRIDGE, ELDRIDGE.


Casey BUGDEN was born (date unknown). Parents: Geofrey BUGDEN and Kathleen BUSH.


Geofrey BUGDEN was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Kathleen BUSH. Children were: Casey BUGDEN, Kayla-Ann BUGDEN.


Kayla-Ann BUGDEN was born (date unknown). Parents: Geofrey BUGDEN and Kathleen BUSH.


Avie BULL was born (date unknown). Parents: Henry R H "Harry" BULL and Florence May PHILLIPS.

Spouse: Vin EVANS.


Henry R H "Harry" BULL was born in 1890.

Spouse: Florence May PHILLIPS. Florence May PHILLIPS and Henry R H "Harry" BULL were married in 1918 in Dunedoo, NSW. Children were: Avie BULL, Horace BULL.


Horace BULL was born (date unknown). Parents: Henry R H "Harry" BULL and Florence May PHILLIPS.


Sharron BULLOCK was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Stephen ATHANATES. Children were: Corey ATHANATES.


Alexander BUNFIELD was born in 1877 in Gunning, NSW. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: Ada TURNER. Ada TURNER and Alexander BUNFIELD were married.


Andrew BUNFIELD was born in 1872 in Yass, NSW. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: Emily SMITH. Emily SMITH and Andrew BUNFIELD were married.


Arthur Edgit BUNFIELD was born in 1873 in Yass, NSW. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: Ellenor Elizabeth ASHCROFT. Ellenor Elizabeth ASHCROFT and Arthur Edgit BUNFIELD were married.


Elizabeth Tabitha BUNFIELD was born on 22 January 1875 in Yass, NSW. She died on 7 May 1946 at the age of 71 in Tamworth, N.S.W. Australia.. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: Isaac John Hope EDMONDS. Elizabeth Tabitha BUNFIELD and Isaac John Hope EDMONDS were married in 1903. Children were: Alma Edna EDMONDS, Irwin EDMONDS, Jim EDMONDS, Jack EDMONDS, Nita EDMONDS, Madge EDMONDS.


Hannah BUNFIELD was born in 1864 in Yass, NSW. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: Frank WATERS. Hannah BUNFIELD and Frank WATERS were married. Children were: Francis George WATERS, Frederick WATERS.


Henry BUNFIELD was born on 22 November 1812 in Westacre, Norfolk, England. He died on 9 October 1839 at the age of 26 in Westacre, Norfolk, England.

Spouse: Hannah ROFFE. Hannah ROFFE and Henry BUNFIELD were married on 29 November 1837 in Westacre, Norfolk, England. Children were: Henry BUNFIELD.


Henry BUNFIELD was born on 19 September 1839 in Westacre, Norfolk, England. He emigrated in 1855. He died on 29 June 1923 at the age of 83 in Dalton, NSW. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Hannah ROFFE.

Spouse: Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH. Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH and Henry BUNFIELD were married on 30 April 1863 in Greendale, NSW. Children were: Hannah BUNFIELD, Henry BUNFIELD, William G BUNFIELD, Selena Maria BUNFIELD, Andrew BUNFIELD, Arthur Edgit BUNFIELD, Elizabeth Tabitha BUNFIELD, Alexander BUNFIELD, Jemina BUNFIELD, Rose May BUNFIELD, Rufus Garnet BUNFIELD.


Henry BUNFIELD was born in 1865 in Yass, NSW. He died in 1941 at the age of 76. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: Theresa Maria DOWLING. Theresa Maria DOWLING and Henry BUNFIELD were married.


Jemina BUNFIELD was born. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: Joseph Louis POIDEVIN. Jemina BUNFIELD and Joseph Louis POIDEVIN were married.


Phoebe BUNFIELD was born in 1837. She died in 1899 at the age of 62.

Spouse: George BUSH. Phoebe BUNFIELD and George BUSH were married in 1855. Children were: Thomas George BUSH, Harry BUSH, ElizabethAnn BUSH, Hannah Martha BUSH, Ham BUSH, Agnes BUSH, Ruth Isabella BUSH, Emmeline Cassy BUSH, Ethelinda Lavinia BUSH, Orlando Mathew BUSH, Myra Theresa BUSH, George BUSH.


Rose May BUNFIELD was born in 1881 in Gunning, NSW. She died on 23 November 1961 at the age of 80. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.


Rufus Garnet BUNFIELD was born in 1885 in Gunning, NSW. He died on 17 October 1972 at the age of 87. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: Clara Mabel BROWN. Clara Mabel BROWN and Rufus Garnet BUNFIELD were married.


Selena Maria BUNFIELD was born in 1870 in Yass, NSW. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.

Spouse: James CLINTON. Selena Maria BUNFIELD and James CLINTON were married.


William G BUNFIELD was born in 1868 in Yass, NSW. He died in 1869 at the age of 1 in Yass, NSW. Parents: Henry BUNFIELD and Julia Esther Phoebe BUSH.


Dulcie Maud BUNKER was born (date unknown). Parents: William BUNKER and Elizabeth Clarissa HOWARD.


Elsie May BUNKER was born (date unknown). Parents: William BUNKER and Elizabeth Clarissa HOWARD.


Isabella Elizabeth BUNKER was born (date unknown). Parents: William BUNKER and Elizabeth Clarissa HOWARD.


Ivy Doris BUNKER was born (date unknown). Parents: William BUNKER and Elizabeth Clarissa HOWARD.


James BUNKER was born (date unknown). Parents: William BUNKER and Elizabeth Clarissa HOWARD.


Stella Annie BUNKER was born (date unknown). Parents: William BUNKER and Elizabeth Clarissa HOWARD.


William BUNKER was born (date unknown).

Spouse: Elizabeth Clarissa HOWARD. Elizabeth Clarissa HOWARD and William BUNKER were married. Children were: Dulcie Maud BUNKER, Stella Annie BUNKER, James BUNKER, Elsie May BUNKER, Isabella Elizabeth BUNKER, Ivy Doris BUNKER.


BUNTINE was born (date unknown). Parents: Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE and Ella Elizabeth BOURNE.


BUNTINE was born (date unknown). Parents: Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE and Eleanor Jean FINDLAY.


BUNTINE was born (date unknown). Parents: Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE and Eleanor Jean FINDLAY.


BUNTINE was born (date unknown). Parents: Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE and Eleanor Jean FINDLAY.


BUNTINE was born (date unknown). Parents: Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE and Eleanor Jean FINDLAY.


BUNTINE was born (date unknown). Parents: John Allan BUNTINE and Norma .


BUNTINE died in 1936. Parents: Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE and Ella Elizabeth BOURNE.


BUNTINE was born in 1965. She died in 1965 at the age of 0 in Newtown Sydney. Parents: Robert Walter BUNTINE and Ivy MARLES.


Agnes BUNTINE was born in 1863 in Victoria, Australia.. She died in 1940 at the age of 77 in Rooty Hill, Sydney. Parents: Albert Alexander BUNTINE and Margaret Page THORBURN.


Agnes Adamson BUNTINE was born on 14 August 1845 in Monaro, NSW. She was christened on 24 November 1847. She died on 1 January 1915 at the age of 69 in Caufield Victoria. Parents: Hugh BUNTINE and Agnes DAVIDSON.

Spouse: Charles Ignatz DU VE. Agnes Adamson BUNTINE and Charles Ignatz DU VE were married in 1863 in Sale Victoria. Children were: Joanna Agnes Ignatz DU VE, Charles Augustus Ferdinand Ignatz DU VE, Isobel Caroline Ignatz DU VE, Augusta Elizabeth Ignatz DU VE, Grace Lois Ignatz DU VE, Hugh Francis Ignatz DU VE, Ethel Maud Ignatz DU VE, Florence Cray Ignatz DU VE, Leopold Dennis Eugene Ignatz DU VE, Francis Ignatz Ignatz DU VE, Wentzel Ignatz DU VE, Merle Lois Ignatz DU VE.


Agnes Louisa BUNTINE was born in 1895 in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. She died in 1896 at the age of 1 in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. Parents: John Wallace BUNTINE and Fanny Elizabeth ISAACS.


Albert BUNTINE was born in 1898 in Sale Victoria. He died in 1978 at the age of 80 in Kew, Victoria, Australia.. Parents: Albert John BUNTINE and Mary Ann "Lottie" CONWAY.

Spouse: Dorothy Grace LOWE. Dorothy Grace LOWE and Albert BUNTINE were married in 1923 in Victoria, Australia..


Albert Alexander BUNTINE was born on 7 September 1841. He was christened on 13 May 1845. He died in 1871 at the age of 30 in Otago, New Zealand. Died in mine disaster Parents: Hugh BUNTINE and Agnes DAVIDSON.

Spouse: Margaret Page THORBURN. Margaret Page THORBURN and Albert Alexander BUNTINE were married in 1860 in Gippsland, Victoria. Children were: Jane Page BUNTINE, Agnes BUNTINE, Rubina BUNTINE, Albert John BUNTINE, John Wallace BUNTINE, Percival Edgar BUNTINE.


Albert Andrew BUNTINE was born on 28 April 1874 in Toongabbie Vic. He died in 1904 at the age of 30 in Carlton Victoria. He was never married. Parents: John BUNTINE and Janet Elliott ARMSTRONG.


Albert John BUNTINE was born in 1867 in New Zealand. He died on 28 August 1915 at the age of 48 in Sale Victoria. Parents: Albert Alexander BUNTINE and Margaret Page THORBURN.

Spouse: Mary Ann "Lottie" CONWAY. Mary Ann "Lottie" CONWAY and Albert John BUNTINE were married in 1897 in Stratford, Victoria. Children were: Albert BUNTINE, Reuben BUNTINE, Ruby BUNTINE.


Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE was born on 16 April 1895 in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. He died on 14 December 1998 at the age of 103 in Aspendale, Victoria. Jack Buntine.

The odds against Anzac Gallipoli veteran Jack Buntine living to a ripe old age were high indeed. A born risk-taker, he always thought he would die young and with his boots on.

But when he died peacefully in December 1998 at the grand old age of 103 he would have been the first to admit that, despite great odds, he had enjoyed “a fortunate life” as fellow Gallipoli Digger Bert Facey described his own charmed existence in the classic autobiography of the same name.

Like many Gallipoli Diggers, Buntine’s hair-raising and accident-prone life would also have made a gripping autobiography. His mother died when he was nine. His drunken father beat him until he was 10 before selling his unwanted son to German market gardeners at Victoria’s Lakes Entrance. When his new foster mother also began to beat him, Buntine escaped to the bush, living “on the run” with Aborigines “huntin’ for tucker” in Gippsland.

He heard about the call-up and enlisted. “I was never one of your ‘king and country’ blokes,” he said in a recent interview. “I only joined up for a bit of fun - and I heard you could get a square meal.”

“I was a good shot too,” he added, “and could knock a jam tin off a fence post at 100 yards, so I reckoned I could help out.”

After training near Melbourne, he sailed to Egypt with the 8th Light Horse. Being a landlubber, he slipped on an oil spill on deck and broke his pelvis in three places, damaging discs in his spine.

Soon after landing he contracted dysentery in Cairo. Dispatched to Anzac Cove he just made it ashore despite enemy fire which killed 8709 Diggers during the nine-month Gallipoli campaign. But no sooner had he started work as a sniper, “taking care of Johnny Turk”, than he contracted enteric fever and was invalided to England.

Assigned to the Middle East Signals as a reluctant batman, the frustrated foot soldier deliberately staged an accident, tipping soup down an officer’s neck, and was promptly banished to the Western Front.

He drove trucks loaded with 4th Division artillery guns and ammunition to the front and backloaded wounded soldiers to hospitals behind the lines. From 1916 to 1918 he served in most of the bloody battles along the Somme River, where another 42,000 Diggers were killed in the stalemated trench warfare.

Then on August 8, 1918, General John Monash launched the first successful assault of the final series of battles for the Somme that finished the war. Monash was knighted by the king and Buntine won the Military Medal as one of thousands who helped turn the tide of the war that day. It was a battle later described by the German army commander, Erich von Ludendorff, as “the blackest day in the history of the German army”.

Buntine won his medal for “conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Morcourt delivering stores and rescuing men under continuous fire”.

“I suppose I was pretty lucky,” Buntine mused recently, “but you know, I never worried about getting hit.” It was just as well because by the time peace was declared on November 11, 1918, he had managed to avoid hundreds of bullets. None had his name on them.

Taking risks in life is recommended; after all, you might be killed crossing the road - but the risks that Buntine took demonstrated a devil-may-care attitude. “Oh, we used to go swimming’ at Gallipoli and they would be shootin’ at us. You’d see bullets goin’ in the water around you - but they didn’t worry me. Johnny Turk was not going to stop me swimmin’.

Buntine, a larrikin to the last, loved to boast about daring forays he made against regulations over the top of trenches to rescue wounded mates or to swap cigarettes with the Turks. He never dodged a bullet or shirked a dangerous rescue, he was just incredibly lucky. He was also lucky to survive the post war influenza epidemic that killed 11,000 Australians, including many returned soldiers.

After marrying he survived the Great Depression by going bush again working as a trapper, shooter and gold miner. His first wife died of peritonitis at the age of 31, leaving him to fend for two children.

A risk-taker to the last, he got a steady job with the Post and Telegraph Department, climbing up telegraph poles and driving maintenance trucks on hazardous unsealed bush tracks till he retired. He married Jean Findlay during this period and they had four children.

Decades after most of his mates had died, Buntine lived on in peace, savouring his memories in a Parkdale nursing home where few knew of his heroic background. Here the old larrikin with a twinkle in his eye loved recounting tales, not of his heroic feats, but of tricks he got up to at Gallipoli when the officers were not looking.

Sitting quietly in his room of memories with his wife knitting beside him, Buntine epitomised the traditional saying “old soldiers never die, they just fade away”. Earlier this year he was awarded the Legion of Honour by the French Government. There are now just six Gallipoli veterans remaining: Roy Longmore, 104 and Walter Parker, 104 (Melbourne), Fred Kelly, 101 (Sydney), Frank Isaacs, 102 and Len Hall, 101 (Perth), and Alex Campbell, 99 (Tasmania).

Buntine is survived by his second wife of more than 60 years, Jean, his six children, 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Author
Jonathan King
References
The Australian, December 17, 1998.
Footnotes
Jack Buntine and his family moved from Northcote to Aspendale in 1966. For many years he lived in Station Street, Aspendale. During that time Jack would join other veterans in the Aspendale-Edithvale RSL Anzac march. In his later years he would ride in the fire-truck but earlier he was often the parade leader.

Parents: Percival Edgar BUNTINE and Lily GLASSBOROW.

Spouse: Ella Elizabeth BOURNE. Ella Elizabeth BOURNE and Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE were married in 1925 in Victoria, Australia.. Children were: BUNTINE, BUNTINE.

Spouse: Eleanor Jean FINDLAY. Eleanor Jean FINDLAY and Albert John Clarence "Jack" BUNTINE were married in 1936. Children were: BUNTINE, BUNTINE, BUNTINE, BUNTINE.


Alexander BUNTINE was born in August 1838 in at sea. He died in October 1838 at the age of 0. Born aboard ship enroute to Australia
Died infant Malnutritian buried with mother in North Head (Spring Cove) Quarantine Station. A series of 4 stone memorials in the Museum their records their tragedy. Parents: Hugh BUNTINE and Mary SYMINGTON.


Alfred Hugh Symington BUNTINE was born in 1868 in Rosedale, Victoria, Australia.. He died in 1939 at the age of 71 in Perth, WA. Parents: Hugh Symington BUNTINE and Elizabeth SHARPE.


Allan Thomas BUNTINE was born in 1899 in Temora , NSW. He died in 1968 at the age of 69 in Victoria, Australia.. Parents: Thomas BUNTINE and Elizabeth BROWN.

Spouse: Martha Susan NEVE. Martha Susan NEVE and Allan Thomas BUNTINE were married in 1930 in Manly, NSW. Children were: John Allan BUNTINE.


Andrew John BUNTINE (private). Parents: John Douglas BUNTINE and Alwynne E COULTHARD.

Spouse: Julie Michelle CHRISTIE. Children were: Thomas Andrew BUNTINE, Lachlan John BUNTINE.


Ann Jenner BUNTINE (private). Parents: Dr. Richard Murray BUNTINE and Moyra Gielielima JENNER.

Spouse: Bruce WICKING. Children were: Anthony Richard WICKING, Susanne WICKING.

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