Clifford Denis Boiteux-Buchanan
||The Parachute Regiment
|Date of Death
||Plot 20. Row A. Grave 15.
- Clifford Denis "Bucky" Boiteux-Buchanan was a racing
horse trainer before the war. He enlisted for military service in 1940
and was commissioned into the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. In
january 1942 he transferred to the Parachute Regiment as a platoon
commander in C Company.
- He took part in the operation at Depiene, Tunisia in
november/december 1942. In the book 'Whitout Tradition' (Robert Peatling
2004) a Corporal McConney is talking about a Mr. Buchanan who was with
him in a school-room at Depiene: 'I do nog recollect anything further
until I found myself, with other patients, at the school-room, Depienne.
I then learned from the MO that the Battalion had left for the objective
at 2300hrs. At approximately 0700hrs, 30th November 1942, Mr Buchanan
came to the school-room and with the aid of a French doctor, evacuated
the sick to the hospital at Pont Du Fahs. That left Mr Buchanan, his
batman and myself at the school-room.
- We started to make a meal and by the time we had cooked the food
we heard the sound of tanks and armoured vehicles on the road leading
north. In between each AFV were a number of motor-cycle combinations.
The three of us lay down in a ditch facing the road. The crews of the
tanks etc were Italians. Shots came from the direction of Mr Buchanan
and his batman so I too opened fire with my sten. The range was
approximately 50 yards and I got off five magazines with good effect on
the motor cyclists. Mr Buchanan gave a cry and rolled over on his back
and the batman lay face down with arms outstretched.'
- Boiteux-Buchanan was captured at Depiene, but escaped from the POW
camp near Naples and returned through enemy held territory in Italy. He
was awarded a Military Cross in Italy.
- On 17 september 1944 Boiteux-Buchanan jumped with 2nd Battalion
onto DZ-X. He was the Battalion Intelligence Officer.
- According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends
of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Boiteux-Buchanan was
killed in the Arnhem Rhine bridge area and was given a field burial in
the Arnhem General Cemetery (Moscowa).