George William Buckle

Date of birth: April 1894
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 10732
Died: 13 August 1915, aged 21 years.
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey


George was the eighth of 12 siblings born to Stephen Swithin and Emily Jane Buckle (nee Wren), who married in Southampton on 10 July 1881.

Stephen was born in the city in 1859 and he died there in 1926. Emily was also born in Southampton, and she passed away in the city in 1937.

The family are shown as living at 5 Maddision Street in the centre of town at the 1911 Census.



Stephen George   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1943 Southampton   Married Annie Louisa Biles in Southampton in 1909.

Frederick John   b. 1883   d. 1883 Southampton

Emily Jane   b. 1886 Southampton   d. 1960   Married Wilfred Andrews in Southampton in 1905.

Louisa Mary   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1960 Southampton   Married Frank Brazier in Southampton in 1909.

Charles Adolphus   b. 1889 Southampton   d. 1961 Southampton   Marrried Ada A. Wareham in Southampton in 1914.

Harry Pius   b. 1891 Southampton   d. 1981 Southampton

Rose Edith   b. 1893 Southampton   d. 1978 Southampton   Married Mr. Carnell in Southampton in 1921.

George William 

Elsie Elizabeth   b. 1895 Southampton   d. ??   Married Charles E. Spinney in Southampton in 1925.

Minnie Rose   b. 1897 Southampton   d. 1976 Southampton   Married Mr. Dyte in Southampton in 1926.

Winifred May   b. 1899 Southampton   d. 1921 Southampton

Albert Edward   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1909 Southampton


George was one of 1367 officers and men who embarked on HMT Royal Edward at Avonmouth on 28 July 1915, bound for Gallipoli via Alexandria.

The vessel arrived at Alexandria on 10 August. It then departed, bound for Moudros on the island of Lemnos….this was a staging point for the Dardanelles.

On the morning of 13 August, the Royal Edward passed the British hospital ship Soudan heading in the opposite direction.


Oberleutnant zur See Heino von Heimburg in UB-14 was off the island of Kandeloussa and saw both vessels.

He allowed Soudan to pass unmolested, but launched one of the two torpedoes, from about 1 mile away, at the Royal Edward.

The ship was hit in the stern, and sank within six minutes. The returning Soudan and other vessels managed to rescue 661 men but 935 perished, amongst them George.

The death toll was so high because most of the men were below decks restowing their equipment, having just completed a boat drill.


There were 211 Hampshire Regiment soldiers on board, of which only 29 survived.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 21st June 2016


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