Francis WILLIAM Buxey

Date of birth: 1889
Place of birth: Fareham
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 8175
Died: 6 August 1915, aged 27 years.
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey


William was the oldest of 4 siblings born to James and Sarah Buxey (nee Harding), who were married in Fareham in 1889.

Sarah was born in Fareham in 1869 and she passed away in Southampton in 1949.

James was born in Stubbington in 1855 and unfortunately died in Southampton in 1896, aged only 41 years.


Sarah then married John Henry Diaper, in Southampton, in 1897 and they had a further 7 children.

The most recent family are shown as living at 2 South East Road, Sholing.



Francis William 

Charlotte ANN   b. 1892 Woolston   d. 1978 Southampton   Married James G. Binsted in Southampton in 1914. Married Henry G. Prewitt in Southampton in 1933.

Richard Charles   b. 1894 Moorgreen   d. 1971 Southampton

Arthur James   b. 1896 Woolston   d. 1977 Southampton   Married Alice M. Kite in Fareham in 1913.


Half Siblings

Rosina Florence   b. 1898 Sholing d. 1984 Southampton   Married Harry Harder in Southampton in 1918. Married Ernest H. Hurst in Southampton in 1959.

Florence   b. 1899 Sholing   d. ??   Married David Weeks in Southampton in 1917.

Ethel MAY   b. 1900 Sholing   d. 1969 Southampton   Married Frederick J. Eastman in Southampton in 1923.

Nellie   b. 1902 Sholing d. 1982 Southampton Married Frederick E. Cavell in Southampton in 1921.

John   b. 9 January 1906 Sholing   d. ??

Dorothy   b. 1907 Sholing   d. 1985 Southampton   Married Harold E. Pidgeon in Southampton in 1927.

Henry   b. 1909 Sholing   d. 1952 Birmingham   Married Rose M. Barton in Southampton in 1930.


William was not in the UK at the time of the 1911 Census. He was on a vessel rounding the Cape of Good Hope, on its way to India, with the rest of the 2nd Hampshires.

The Battalion only had 8 months in India before WW1 broke out;  900 men boarded the Gloucester Castle on 16 November 1914, bound for Plymouth.

They reached the UK on 22 December and relocated to Romsey, where they were attached to the 29th Division and the 88th Brigade.


The Battalion received a further 200 men in early 1915 and were originally bound for France. However, a change of plan involved the whole Division embarking for Gallipoli on March 12th 1915.

In late April, the Division landed at Cape Helles ready for action against the Turks.

The main fighting at the time of William’s death was during the attempted landings at Suvla Bay, but the 29th Division were land-based at that time.


William almost certainly perished during skirmishes around Helles.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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