Private Reginald Buckland, 1st Wiltshire Regiment, d. 08 November 1918, age 30 years.
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Reginald was born in Wootton Bassett in 1887. By 1897 the Buckland family were living in The Barton, Wood Street (unknown number). Reginald’s father Henry was a railway labourer, and his mother was Ann Maria nee Arman. Reginald was the seventh of eight children: William, Agnes, Alfred, known as Ernest, Arthur, Francis Charles, who died as a toddler, Alice, Reginald, and Francis, known as Frank.
On February 5th 1897 Agnes had an illegitimate daughter, Winifred Rouse Buckland. It is possible, but unproven, that the father was a Rouse. In 1901, 14 year old Reginald was working as an errand boy. Reginald’s mother died in 1903 which Reginald was about 16. Reginald’s eldest sister Agnes married Francis Henry King in 1907, and they set up home in Swindon. Reginald’s father died in Wroughton in 1908. He may have been living with Reginald’s sister Alice who was a barmaid at The Three Tuns, Wroughton, in 1911.
I have struggled to find Reginald in a 1911 Census. Having lost both his parents, he may have joined the Wiltshire Regiment by this time.
Reginald served with the 1st Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment (33200). He named his niece, Winifred, who had been brought up as his sister at 7 Ipswich Street, Swindon, as his next of kin. It is a mystery why he named his niece rather than his sister Agnes, who was still alive.
Reginald was wounded in action and was probably taken to Le Treport, a major hospital centre. He died of wounds on the 8th of November 1918, age 30. Winifred was only 21 when she received the news that her uncle had died.
Reginald is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, grave VII N 3A. The inscription chosen for him was ‘Peace Perfect Peace’.
Reginald was awarded the Victory Medal, and the British War Medal. He is remembered on the Wootton Bassett Memorial Plaque.