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Remembered Today:

One missing Brummie


Matt Dixon

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I have tried Soldiers Died and the CWGC and can find no record of the following man:

Cyril Buck Priest.

I have no rank, regiment, age, date of death or arm of service. All I know is that he came from Birmingham and is commemorated on a local war memorial, and was killed/died at some point during the Great War.

Can anyone help with finding out anything about him?

Thanks.

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Thinking sideways about this one.....

Could it not be Cyril Buck (Priest)? ie Priest = Profession

Name: BUCK, The Rev. CYRIL BARNARD WILSON

Initials: C B W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Chaplain 4th Class

Regiment/Service: Army Chaplains' Department

Secondary Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment

Secondary Unit Text: attd. 1st/5th Bn.

Age: 38

Date of Death: 29/09/1918

Additional information: Son of William Richard and Alice Emmeline Buck, of "Tabards", Ewell, Surrey.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: V. C. 6.

Cemetery: BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

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Terry,

I did wonder that myself.

His name is on the roll of honour for the church of St Mary's in Selly Oak. None of the other names have anything that could have been a profession by them. That said I have checked the register of previous encumbants of the Parish and there is no one named Cyril who served as the vicar of the Parish.

Odd one really.......

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He may not have been a priest of the parish church though.

The locals may have thought it worth singling out his name as special because he was a priest. He may never have lived in the area but some of his relatives did and it was they who put his name forward.

All speculation though.

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I shall do some digging around in the parish archives and see whether there is any mention of the Buck family.

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I MUST work out how to put the actual pic of the obit in - thought I could do it as an attachment - but that has failed too - technology is a worry!

OK - from The Times 29/10/1918 - the Brum connection seems to be:

"Graduating from Trinity College Oxford in 1907 - he went to Birmingham and devoted himself to important work among boys at Cathedral House. On being ordained in 1910 he became Chaplain to the Birmingham Street Children's Union and curate on the Cathedral staff, which he left to take up an army chaplaincy in May 1916 and at once proceeded to the front "

He apparently died rescuing men from a burning tank.

I have it saved so would be happy to send the whole of the small entry to you by email if you don't have access to The Times online

Cheers

Sue

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That's fantastic!

Can you email me the web address?

mattpdixon@yahoo.co.uk

Many thanks

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Thinking sideways about this one.....

ie Priest = Profession

Terry,

You hit the jackpot.....he was a curate at the Church in 1913. Thanks for your help.

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The brain cells must still be good for something then!

The words just reminded me of inscriptions on clergymen's headstones in many UK cemeteries - eg Joe Bloggs - Priest.

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What a wonderfull little thread - wonderfull seeing things get sorted out like this

Chris

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That's fantastic!

Can you email me the web address?

mattpdixon@yahoo.co.uk

Many thanks

Sent this morning Matt

Best Wishes

Sue

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