seaforth78, on 03 July 2012 - 10:23 PM, said:
I just the bought the sword of Major Edward Geoffrey Mildmay Buckley, Northumberland Fusiliers who was comm. January 1914 out of Sandhurst. His younger brother Felix was killed in France after winning an MC with the 8th also.
Can you please tell me if Edward was commisioned straight into the 1st or 2nd Battalion in January 1914 and if he went to France with them in 1914 please? This part puzzles me as he was a regular and wondered why he was sent on to the 8th shortly later.....Thank you, Seaforth
Seaforth - I only have the Army List for May 1915 and he is shown under the consolidated list for the 1st and 2nd Bn with (8) next to his name which according to the list of abbreviations means he was attached (to the depot?) and not posted to his designated battalion - the 8th Bn. The date next to his name is 17 Dec 1914 which I thought was the date of his commission. You asked if he was serving in France in 1914.....I can't tell from the info - the War Diaries or the Bn history would probably record the Officers who embarked - If he did it could only be the 1st Bn as they landed in France on 14th August. The 2nd Bn was still in In India at the outbreak of war, sailed to England on 20th Nov, landing on 22nd Dec 1914 and not arriving in France until 18th Jan 1915.
I can't find his MIC on Ancestry so I cant check is disembarkation date.....From the Army List he looks as if he was commissioned in Dec 1914...are you certain of his commission dates?
Maybe someone else with the Bn history might be able to check to see if he is mentioned embarking with the 1st Bn.