The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22154, Page: 2959, reads:
“Commissariat Department (Bengal Establishment). Deputy Assistant Commissary of Ordnance John Buckley Date of Act of Bravery, 11th May, 1857.
For gallant conduct in the defence of the Magazine at Delhi, on the 11th May, 1857″
At the time Buckley was a Deputy Assistant Commissary of Ordnance in the Commissariat Department (Bengal Establishment) of the British East India Company during the Indian Mutiny. He was one of nine men who defended the ammunition storehouse for more than five hours against large numbers of mutineers. When it was evident that there was no hope of outside help coming and the wall was being scaled, they blew up the ammunition which killed many of the mutineers. Five of the defenders died in the explosion and one died shortly afterwards,
He is buried in an unmarked grave in Tower Hamlets Cemetery in London. A headstone was erected on the grave in 2014.
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