Bertram Reginald Buck (1895–1916) served as Private (10396) in the 5th (Service) Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment). He died of wounds sustained during the First World War in Mesopotamia on 18 April 1916. He is buried in Plot XXI. G. 16. in the Amara Cemetery in modern day Iraq. His younger brother, Frederick George Buck, also died in the War. Both brothers are commemorated on the war memorials at Holy Sepulchre and St Luke, Cambridge.
He is assumed to have been commemorated on the grave in which the deaths of his father and brother are recorded on the kerbstone that is now missing or sunken.
Bertram was born in 1869 in Titchfield, Hampshire. He was one of the seven children of Reginald Theobald Buck and Ada Jane Buck (née Avery). He became a joiner like his father. Bertram joined the war effort at Salisbury, Wiltshire and served as Private (10396) in the 5th (Service) Battalion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment). The Battalion was formed as part of the first New Army (K1) in Devizes, Wiltshire. On 1 July 1915 the Battalion embarked from Avonmouth, Bristol to Gallipoli, Turkey via the Mediterranean and Mudros. In January 1916 the Battalion was deployed to Mesopotamia having sustained heavy casualties from combat, disease and harsh weather conditions. Bertram died of wounds in Mesopotamia on 18 April 1916. He is buried in Plot XXI. G. 16. in the Amara Cemetery in modern day Iraq. He was entitled to the Victory medal and British War medal. His younger brother, Frederick George Buck, also died in the War.
Lat Lon : 52.202219, 0.13809652 – click here for location
Parish : Holy Sepulchre
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