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Date of Birth
Date of Death
23 Mar 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Sgt William Buckingham, 33776, 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on March 23rd, 1918, during the German spring offensive on the Somme. He was aged 28 and single.
A son of Charles and Annie Buckingham, of 29 Buxton Road, Luton, he had before enlistment been a straw hat blocker in the family business.
An old Territorial of ten years standing, he was one of the original members of the 1/5th Bedfords and was with the regiment when mobilised. He was wounded in the Gallipoli campaign, and on recovery was transferred to the 7th Bedfords in France. He was then a corporal before being again promoted.
He is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial and in the Luton Parish Church Book of Life, prepared in 1919.
Brothers Arthur and Sidney were, respectively, serving with the Bedford in Palestine and with a labour battalion in training.