Buckle, Matthew Perceval


The son of Vice-Admiral Claude Edward Buckle, of Raithby, Lincolnshire  and Elizabeth Buckle, nee Kennard, he came to Winchester from Summerfields, Oxford. He won Steeplechase in 1884 and in the following year played in Commoner VI and in 2nd XI (cricket). He passed through Sandhurst, and in 1889 joined a battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment, of which he afterwards became Adjutant.

He fought in South Africa from 1900 to 1902, being severely wounded at Thabanchu; he received the D.S.O. for his services and was twice mentioned in Despatches. On his return to England he entered the Staff College and passing out with distinction, was appointed in 1904 to the General Staff, War Office. Subsequently he served as Brigade-Major of the 2nd Infantry Brigade at Aldershot, and from 1909 to 1913 as instructor at the Indian Staff College, Quetta.

In July 1914 he was ordered to Albania to take up a staff appointment at Skutari, but on the outbreak of war these orders were cancelled, and early in August he went to France with his battalion. He was killed on October 27th, 1914, near Neuve Chapelle, while commanding the battalion at a critical period of the First Battle of Ypres. He had been twice mentioned in Despatches.

Major Buckle married in 1909 Miss Marjorie Swan and left two children.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Buckle
  • Forenames or initials: Matthew Perceval
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1883-1886
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal West Kent Regiment.
  • Date of Birth: 29th September 1869
  • Date of Death: 27th October 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H2
  • Decoration: D.S.O.
  • Burial Site: CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ: Grave XXIX. C. 41.