George Barclay Buxton


George Barclay Buxton


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Second Lieutenant
Royal Flying Corps
1st Sqdn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals



UK Memorials

Hatfield War Memorial
Stanstead Abbotts Memorial

Pre War

Born in Japan in October 1892, where his father was a missionary. He came back to England via New York on the SS Majestic in August 1898 with his parents Barclay Fowell and Margaret with brothers Murray and Alfred. He was educated at Repton School. In 1911 they lived at Widbury House, Ware and George is working as a bank clerk. In 1912 he left England and went to Kenya where he worked as Assistant Manager at the East Africa Industries estate in Maseno. In 1914 he decided to become a missionary and join his brother Alfred in the Belgian Congo but the war began before he could leave.

Wartime Service

As he was in Africa when war broke out he joined the Kings African Rifles as a Scout. Took part in a number of missions between August and November 1914. In July 1915 returned to England, commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in 5th Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment. Appointed as aide to Major General Sir Stuart Hare, spent 9 months on staff, then applied for transfer to Royal Flying Corps. Posted to flying school in Abbassia, Egypt in March 1917 for course in flying theory. Then posted to Ismalia for flying training, returned to England in May 1917 and after training in aerial gunnery, he qualified as a pilot. Was posted to number 1 Squadron at Bailleul in France. Reported missing on July 28th1917, after he was last seen chasing 4 German aircraft, having already shot down another.


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