Buck, Charles Melvill


He was the son of Edward John Buck of Simla, and Lady Annie Buck, daughter of General Sir Robert Jennings, KCB, and came to Culver’s Close (Bramston’s) whose Housemaster, Major Gawain Bell, was killed in action 1917 – (see individual entry), from Twyford School.

On leaving Winchester he went to the Argentine and to Australia to learn ranching. At the outbreak of war he was still in Australia and immediately enlisted in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery. Early in 1915, after a spell of duty at Thursday Island, on the northern tip of Australia, he was given a commission in the Reserve of Officers, Indian Army, and joined the 31st Lancers at Kohat. He was ordered to France in June 1915 and served for several months with the 2nd Lancers.

In May 1916, on his recovery from an attack of pneumonia, he was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and returned to France to join the 53rd Squadron at the end of the year. On January 23rd 1917 he set out on a photographic reconnaissance from which he never returned. The Germans subsequently reported that he and his pilot had been killed in an air battle over Wyteschaete and buried with military honours.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Buck
  • Forenames or initials: Charles Melvill
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1908-1910
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Indian Army Reserve of Officers and Royal Flying Corps
  • Date of Birth: 18th February 1895
  • Date of Death: 23rd January 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: OOSTTAVERNE WOOD CEMETERY : Grave I. H. 12.