Egypt 1882-89, undated, no clasp ( J. Buckley, E.R.A. H.M.S. Iris.)
James Buckley was born in St. Columb, Cornwall in January 1847. In the 1861 census he is found living with his parents James and Jane and several siblings. Both he and his older brother appear as assistant boiler makers.
He joined the RN in February 1877 at the ripe old age of 30 under CS number 99602. His service began on the depot ship HMS Asia followed by HMS Excellent then back to Asia.
He appears on board HMS Hecla in the 1881 census as married and serving under Captain Wilson VC He left the ship in May of 1882 and did not participate in the bombardment of Alexandria. He was however to earn his Egypt while aboard HMS Iris , the eligibility period being in June 9-20, 1884. His medal was delivered to him on that ship, two years later in June 1886.
Following his time on Iris he served on HMS Vernon and HMS Asia before spending three years on HMS Comus. One of his shipmates at the time would have been J.J. Fisher.
He was promoted to Chief E.R.A. while serving aboard HMS Alexandra in August 1893 before joining Victory II. In 1895 he served in the Australian Squadron, first on HMS Mildura then on HMS Kingarooma and returned to Victory II in 1896. He was eventually pensioned ashore in February 1897 aged 50 after serving 20 years
Throughout his service his conduct ranged from fair to exemplary. In 1889 a remark on his service records reads "to be punished as severely as regulations allow for drunkeness"