Buckland, Francis John


Francis John Buckland was born on 1st September 1898, only son of Herbert Tudor Buckland, FRIBA., and Margaret Ellen, daughter of John Brooks of Edgbaston.  He entered Culver’s Close, later named Bramston’s, then under the Housemastership of Gawain Bell (killed in action in 1917).  At the end of his time in the school he was made a House prefect, and played cricket and football for his House, although it was as a runner that he excelled.

On leaving Winchester he joined the Royal Flying Corps and was a Lieutenant by the end of the First World War.  He then went up to Pembroke and took his degree in 1921.  Taking an Associateship of the Royal Institute of Architects, he joined his father’s architectural firm of Buckland Sons & Dixon of Doughty Street, London.  In  September 1939 he mobilised as Flight Lieutenant RAFVR and before the end of the month had been promoted to Squadron Leader.  On 6th March 1941 when stationed with Fighter Command he was killed in a motor accident at Box, in Wiltshire.  He lies in grave 484  of Box General Cemetery.

He married, on 24th July 1926, the Hon Rosalind Jean Nora Mond, sister of Henry Ludwig Mond (B 1911-1913).

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Buckland
  • Forenames or initials: Francis John
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1911-1916
  • Rank: Squadron Leader
  • Regiment: RAF
  • Date of Birth: 1st September 1898
  • Date of Death: 6th March 1941
  • How Died: Killed in an Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Box General Cemetery: Grave 484