CB (military b/b;
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Paardeberg, Johannesburg, South Africa 1901 (Major. A. D. B. Buckley. 2/Hamps. Rgt.)
CB London Gazette 19 June 1911 (Assistant Adjutant General, War Office).
Arthur Dashwood Bulkeley Buckley was born in Sopworth, Wiltshire in June 1860. He was the son of the Reverend Joseph Buckley, Rector of Badminton and Sopworth, and was educated at Marlborough. Buckley was ‘affectionately known by his brother officers as “Tim”.... He joined the 37th Regiment from the Royal North Gloucester Militia on 27 August, 1879. Promoted Lieutenant, 17 April, 1880; Captain, 19 September, 1885; Major, 29 August, 1896; Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, 29 November, 1900; Lieut.-Colonel Commanding 1st Battalion, 24 March, 1903, to 1907; Brevet Colonel, 25 January, 1905; Substantive Colonel, 13 July, 1907.
He served as Adjutant to 1st VB Hants Regiment 15 April, 1889, to 15 April, 1894; AAG Headquarters of Army, 20 October, 1909, to 19 October, 1913.
He Commanded the 2nd Battalion from 3 December, 1900, to 25 February, 1901. Operations in the Orange Free State, including operations at Paardeburg, actions at Poplar Grove, Karee Siding, Vet River, and Zand River. Operations in the Transvaal, including actions near Johannesburg, and Pretoria. Mentioned in despatches, London Gazette, 10 September, 1901, Brevet of Lieut.-Colonel. Queen’s medal with four clasps.
Operations in the Aden Hinterland, 1903-4, Commanding 1st Battalion. Commanded Aden Boundary Delimitation Column, 31 December, 1903, to 20 February, 1904.... On mobilisation he was appointed Colonel in Charge of Territorial Force Records, Eastern Command, and his death was undoubtedly due to his going on with his duty when suffering from influenza.’
Colonel 3 April 1915, and is buried in Sopworth (St. Mary) Churchyard, Wiltshire (M.I.C. lists no Great War Medal entitlement, or claim).
Near Clocolan, Orange River Colony, a man sent forward to reconnoitre having been dismounted and Boers coming down to take him, Corporal White galloped out ¾ mile to him. Whilst getting him on his horse he was himself shot through the stomach. His action, however, kept enemy off, and both were got in later.
Extract from General C Knox’s special despatch of April 9th, 1901, as published in the LG 9 July 1901, p4565.
QSA (5) RoK, Paard, Jhburg, D Hill, SA01 (Cpl. E. White, 2nd Hampshire Regt.)
Murray Cosby Jackson, in his book “A Soldier’s Diary” p192-6, gives a detailed eye-witness account of the incident. Corporal White was sent to hospital in Bloemfontein and died there on 16 May 1901.
He was highly thought of in his hometown: in 1903 a 18 ft high cross was subscribed and erected by the people of Chawton and the Hampshire Regiment in the churchyard extension at Chawton, Hants.
Onverwacht is a farm in the present-day Mpumalanga, 30 km south-east of Ermelo. The advance guard of Brig-Gen H.C.O. Plumer’s column under Maj J.M. Vallentin, Somersetshire Light Infantry, halted on the farm on 4 January 1902 and then saw a party of burghers moving north-east.
During the pursuit, as far as Bankkop to the north-east, a commando of some 400 burghers attacked and a desperate hand-to-hand fight ensued, the British being saved by the arrival of reinforcements. However, they lost 19 killed, including Major Vallentin, 36 wounded and some 50 captured. Boer losses included Veg-Generaal J D Opperman who was killed.
QSA (3) CC, Paard, Jhburg (5166 Pte. J. Padwick, 2. Hampshire Regt.);
KSA (2) (5166 Corpl. J. Padwick, Hampshire Regt)
Padwick was killed at Bankkop, serving in the Company of the Hampshires forming part of the 27th Mounted Infantry.
He is buried in Ermelo.
The Hampshires’ losses in the skirmish amounted to 7 killed and 5 wounded.
Extract from page 408 of the Regimental History of the Hampshire Regiment.
“At the end of March, the battalion at last got away from Barberton, moving to Johannesburg on relief by the 1st Welch. The move was marked by a bad railway accident, 42 men being killed and 38 more injured when a driver lost control of his engine on a steep incline near Barberton, the train running off the line at a sharp curve.
The men behaved admirably; no panic ensued, and all worked splendidly to rescue the wounded and clear the line, Sergeant Drover’s coolness and good example being conspicuous. E Company was hardest hit losing 24 killed, but the Volunteer Company with 10 killed and 25 wounded had the most casualties. This company was at the time under orders to return home, being replaced by a third Volunteer Company, or rather half-company, which had left England in March and joined the battalion soon after its arrival at Johannesburg.”
QSA (3) Tvl, RoL, L Nek (4895 Cpl. C. Childs, Hampshire Regt.)
[ KSA ]
Corporal Childs was one of the 34 men of the Hampshires killed in the Railway accident. Two of the injured Hampshires subsequently died.
The QSA is fitted with incorrect clasps: Childs was entitled to Paard, CC & OFS clasps on the QSA.
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 (31 Pte. A .J. Lawrence, 2nd. Hampshire Regt.);
1914-15 Star (484 Sjt. A. J. Lawrence. Rif: Brig:);
BWM and VM (484 Sjt. A. J. Lawrence. Rif. Brig.);
Memorial Plaque (Alfred James Lawrence) in card envelope, with Buckingham Palace enclosure
Alfred James Lawrence was born in Houghton, Hampshire, in 1876 and served with the Volunteer Company, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment in South Africa during the Boer War.
He saw further service with the Rifle Brigade during the Great War on the Western Front from 26 January 1915, and was killed in action on 26 April 1915 He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.