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I am hoping some experts may be able to help identify this man who is remembered on Pear Tree War Memorial in Itchen, near Southampton.

According to the church Warden there, then have an SHL Buxton (no regt, year of death or other names available) remembered on there chuch memorial.

I am unable to find an SHL Buxton on the CWGC site although a few S Buxtons or SL Buxton. However I don't think these men were locals.

I am researching a 1918 casualty called Harold Sidney Buxton who was from Itchen and possibly married in that church a few months before whilst on home leave and was killed a few weeks later whilst with the 4th Gre Gds on the 13th April 1918.

It could be that he was known as Sidney rather than Harold and that he did not use this order or the L when enrolling in Nov 1916 as Pte 27598 Buxton in the 4th Gren Gds.

Hoping that someone may be able to advise if they have found such confusing records and how these can be overcome / confirmed.

My H S Buxton was born approx. 1897 and gave his address as Highlands, Cliff Road, Itchen, Soton. Occupation as Time Keeper ? Married a Nora Evelyn Garden on the 23rd Feb 1918 at St Mary's Church Woolston.

I understand that there is a war memorial at St Marys extra Cemetery near Itchen, so will post a separte topic on this to see if anyone has a picture of it, as unable to find anything on the internet.

Many thanks,


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According to FreeBMD the birth of Harold Sydney L Buxton (note the order of the initials)was registered in the Battle Registration District in the March 1/4 of 1898, so a man with that combination of initials did exist.

Have you tried looking at the 1901 or 1911 Census to see if this is your man (you say your "Harold Buxton" came from Itchin)?


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Hello all

I have been looking in to the men on the East Keswick memorial, and not all of them were born in the villiage, but are still on the memorial. Hope this helps in your search.


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Entering Buxton and Itchen on the 1911 census brings up this chap

BUXTON, John Head Married M 58 1853 Dock Labourer Sussex Hastings

BUXTON, Annie Wife Married 36 years F 56 1855 Sussex Hastings

BUXTON, Sydney Son M 13 1898 School Sussex Hastings

STONE, Eva Daughter Married F 27 1884 Sussex Hastings

STONE, Eva Granddaught F 4 1907 Hants Southampton

STONE, Leslie Grandson M 2 1909 Hants Southampton

Parish: Itchen


Alston Villa Maple Road Bitterne Grove



Sydney Buxton born 1898 Matches with Andys Suggestion

regards Ray

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Names on memorials reflect where close relatives were living AFTER the War when the memorials were going up. For example, one name on the Ascot memorial is of a man from Reading because his sister was living in the town

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he can also be found on the 1901 census

Summerville Tennyson road

Southampton District

same family on the 1901 census this time named Harold

Household Members

:Name Age

John Buxton 48

Annie Buxton 46

William Buxton 22

Toby Buxton 21

Reginald Buxton 21

Edward Buxton 16

Eva Buxton 18

Harold Buxton 3

Michael Partridge 77

William Buxton 10 Months

regards Ray

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Hi all and very much appreciate the census look ups as I don't have this ability.

I can confirm that the Harold I have names his father as John on his service papers so this closes the gap a bit.

Also it's interesting to see that on teh 1901 census he's named as Harold aged 3 and in 1911 named as Sydney when aged 13. So it would seem that he was known at home as Sydney (spelt Sidney on service papers)definately in older age, rather than Harold.

This would explain the S H L Buxton on the memorial and being the same man.

If anyone could help share the 2 original census image reports with me, I would be very grateful.

Thanks all and another great piece of work from the forum.



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Hi again. If you search H Buxton on CWGC it comes up with L/corp 27598 Buxton, Harold Sydney. killed 13/04/1918 he is remembered on panel 1 Ploegsteert Memorial. Dave

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QUOTE If anyone could help share the 2 original census image reports with me, I would be very grateful.


pm me with your e mail address

regards Ray

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