New Cross Crofton Park, Nunhead, Forest Hill,
Hatcham Oak Park and surrounding districts.

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 1927 . Registered at the G.P.O. ONE PENNY



Yesterday afternoon at Brockley Cemetery, the funeral took place of Commander Archibald Walter Buckle, DSO, R.N.V.R., of 33 Crescent-way, Brockley, headmaster of Rotherhithe New-road L.C.C. School, who died suddenly in Westminister Hospital, on Friday, at the age of 38. The service was held at St. John's Lewisham High-road, the cortege assembling at the corner of Crescout-way and Tyrnhill Road.

Full military honours were accorded the deceased hero, the coffin being conveyed from the house to the Church on a gun carriage drawn by six horses, with outriders. The coffin which was covered with the Union Jack, also bore the Commander's sword and five medals.

A number of the deceased's comrades in the Anson Battalion walked beside the coffin and the boys of the Rotherhithe Nautical School formed a guard of honour in the church grounds. The service was conducted by Revs R.Neill, J. Gouldie (a Chaplin of the Anson Battalion), Coun. Llewelyan and D. McLaren.

The vicar, in the coarse of his address, said that amid the gloom of the darkness and sorrow of bereavement, a ray of hope and sunshine came from heaven in the words "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, even so saith the spirit they rest from their labours." They read God would wipe away all tears from their eyes, no human hand -not even an angel- was entrusted with that task, but God had reserved that task to Himself. A crowded congregation included the managers, masters and scholars of Rotherhithe New-road School.

Commander Buckle leaves a widow. His name will ever be linked with the Anson Battalion, in which he commanded in the Great War, he was awarded the DSO and three bars, was thrice wounded and was five times mentioned in dispatches. Mr Winston Churchill has referred to Buckle as one of the `salamanders born in the furnace,' who survived `to lead, to command, and to preserve the sacred continuity.'

At an inquest on Tuesday, Mrs Elsie Buckle, the widow, said her husband was wounded several times during the war, but made light of his injuries and would never complain. He would never apply for a pension. Recently a boil appeared on his wrist and he was sent to Westminster Hospital. Lieut-Colonel John Dodge, DSO DSC said Commander Buckle served with him in France. He started as a private and ended as commander of the battalion. He was recommended for the VC in 1918. He always made light of his disabilities.

Medical evidence showed that death was due to bronchial pneumonia through osteomyelitis, probably accelerated by shrapnel wounds which had lowered the vitality. A verdict accordingly was recorded. The Coroner said death was accelerated by his war wounds. He had had a brilliant career and was the type of man who, wounded over and over again, made light of his suffering.



Re-typed from a photocopy of Newspaper NEW CROSS AND HATCHAM REVIEW
by R. K. Buckle.
November 19th 1995 - Web Page 2001