John was one of the five children of John Townsend Bucknill and Catherine Raworth Bucknill. At the time of the 1911 census, John was a Cambridge undergraduate living with his family at Thornfield in Southampton. As his father was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers, John would have spent his childhood within a military family background.
In the summer of 1908, John married Margaret Maria Lister at South Stoneham, Southampton. By 1911, John and Maria were living at Brownlow in Bitterne. He was 31 years of age and an architect.
John enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment and served in the 1st/4th Battalion, which landed in Basra from India on 18th March 1915. John was killed on 21st January 1916 and is remembered on the Basra Memorial in Iraq. He had been awarded the Military Cross and was twice mentioned in Despatches during his war service.
John was the second son of John and Catherine Bucknill to have died in the war. His younger brother Llewellyn had died 10 months earlier on 18th May 1915 in France.
The entry for Lieutenant John Charles Bucknill in De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour provides more detailed information about his service history.