Outstanding First Day of The Battle of Ancre MID group to Capt G W Buckle ACC / Twice MID
George Walter buckle was born on 2nd January 1886 in Kensington. He was the son of George Earle Buckle M.A. who was the editor of The Times Newspaper and Alice Isobel Payn. Alice was the daughter of the famous author James Payne.
His father moving in publishing circles became a close friend of Rudyard Kipling. In a letter to George SR Kipling wrote;
Rudyard Kipling was a family friend and wrote in a letter to George's father:
'Dear Buckle, It isn't quite as easy as you'd think to catch one of Mason's [Rottingdean Headmaster] boys Forgetting my youth I asked him on Monday and got him today for a short spell and write to you now that the visit is fresh upon me. He is the most fascinating chap. I had no notion he was by way of being a 'monitor' of sorts and as such concerned with the minor discipline of the school. But he explained to me in that sweetly grave schoolboy manner upon what lines he thought a fellow should look after the juniors when the juniors (and he's eleven or nearly twelve he says!) jump on an unpopular equal. It was the English Empire in miniature speaking, and I took my hat off to him. Otherwise, our talk was purely of school life - and here I fear I told him some demoralising anecdotes of my own career - till he launched out in all sincerity on his interest in Latin and English which 'have some sense' - barring always (and herein I agree entirely) Caesar and Livy. And he told me of his notions of his future and his present surroundings with a beautiful courtesy and temper that I cannot sufficiently admire. Unluckily the shadow of Thursday's prep at 6:30 hung on him - as I remember it hung on me - so we didn't really have a good jaw. I went back to the school gates with him, and this visit isn't to count. He's coming again on Saturday when there's no prep, and I shall fire at his devoted head one of the series of schoolboys tales I am writing. He freshened and delighted me immensely, and I write to tell you to say that he seems very fit.'
Very sincerely yours, Rudyard Kipling
Buckle was educated at Winchester College, he then attended Trinity College, Cambridge.
Before he enlisted, Buckle was a junior member of the Board of Education based in Whitehall. He applied for a commission and was granted one on 12th September 1914 as Second Lieutenant with 7th York & Lancs.
He was quickly transferred to the Army Cyclist Corps (17th Northern Division Cyclist Company). He landed in France on 13th July 1915.
Buckle was Mentioned in Despatches announced in the London Gazette on 2nd January 1917. The award was for the 1st Day of the Battle of Ancre 13th November 1916. He was again Mentioned in Despatches, which was announced 7th October 1918 having been transferred to the Machine Gun Corps in mid-1918.
Before the wars ended, Sir Lewis Selby-Bigge who was The Board of Education's Secretary requested that Buckle be discharged from service.
Selby-Bigge wrote a letter dated 8th October 1918 for this reason.
'We are at our Wit's end to find the staff which is absolutely necessary to enable us to deal with the work, which has already come upon us, under the Education Act of the last session, and under the teachers Superannuation Bill which I hope will pass this Session.
Among the first-rate younger men on our staff who would be most useful to us is one Captain G W Buckle MGC Infantry.
I know that from the Army point of view this is not a small thing too as, but I am sure that the National Service Department will tell you that we have not a bad record for patriotism: we have indeed stripped ourselves to the bone, and if the public interests are not to suffer we must begin to clothe our bones with some more flesh!'
He made the education sector his career, and he eventually went on to be Divisional Inspector of the Board of Education, In this role, he qualified for the 1937 Coronation Medal.
George passed away at Crawley Hospital on 18th December 1959.
1914/15 Star Correctly impressed - Capt G W Buckle ACC