Hyman Buchner (his real name was Waitrock), a Jewish man from Lodz in Poland, left with his family to Scotland, where he lived for 12 years, and in 1908 moved to Melbourne, where he worked as a tailor.
He served with the 57th, 59th, and 60th battalions on the Western Front. In August 1916 he was wounded at Pozieres. He recovered and returned to the trenches. In June 1918 he was wounded for the second time.
After the war he married an Australian woman, Margaret Ann Violet Armstrong; they lived in Melbourne, where Hyman worked as a mantle manufacturer. Later he lived in Sydney, where during WWII he enlisted in the AIF.