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Herbert Buxton

Herbert Buxton

Private 27381 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 17th Battalion

Enlisted: Mansfield 16th June 1915

Died Natural Causes 18th September 1915 : Aged 36


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Private 27381 Herbert Buxton presents additional Huthwaite remembrance, recognising 1879 birth of one tied family member in Brampton, Derbyshire, No.5 Dealing Yard, Chesterfield addressed 1881 Buxton household, where coal miner William Buxton and wife Louisa parented 3 sons. Additional children notes some movement before settling into Newcastle Street, Hucknall-under-Huthwaite, where father and sons from 13 years age gain employment at New Hucknall Colliery, listing 1891 head William Buxton 40, wife Louisa 41, William 24, Samuel 19, Charles Oliver 13, Herbert 12, plus daughters Cecil 5, and Louisa 3.

Mr Herbert Buxton married Miss Sarah Rebecca Slack 1899 at Mansfield Registry Office. Their 1901 Hucknall-under-Huthwaite home on Blackwell Road added a son named Herbert, although 1911 Huthwaite census notes loss of two infants, when living in Club Yard listed surviving household Herbert 32, wife Sarah Rebecca 31, Arthur 9, Dallas 7, Charley 4 and Ivy 10 months.

Private 27381 Herbert Buxton enlisted 6th June 1915 registering later address in Factory Yard, Huthwaite. Joining a Sherwood Foresters Company, their 17th Battalion named Welbeck Rangers made camp at Wollaton, Nottingham. That was where within 3 months of army training, Herbert died of heart failure. Reported inquest details and determined death by natural causes.

Pte H Simpson was buried in Huthwaite Cemetery with military honours. The Commonwealth War Graves acknowledged service and did provide a headstone with chosen personal inscription REST IN PEACE. But family were denied a war pension, and H Buxton would not be officially listed in Roll of Honour upon the Huthwaite Cenotaph, unlike his brother C O Buxton who was the Private Charles Buxton named among attending family mourners, later killed amongst the 1917 Flanders fields.

Notts. Free Press - 24th Sept. 1915


The tragic circumstances of the death of a private in the Welbeck Rangers, named Herbert Buxton, 36, who before enlistment was a collier, of Huthwaite, were investigated at Leen-side on Monday afternoon by the Deputy Coroner (Mr. F.W. Rothera).
  Second Lieut. R.G. Hopewell of the 17th Sherwood Foresters, said his battalion was stationed at Wollaton Park. Deceased who was in 'A' Company, had been witness's servant for eight days. On Saturday witness returned after lunch to his tent, and the deceased came in and commenced to clean the buttons on a tunic, at the same time chatting to a sergeant. When he had finished that tunic he asked witness if he wanted the buttons of another tunic cleaning. Witness said "Yes" and handed over the garment, and the man sat down on a chair, and commenced to clean the buttons, while witness turned his back, and was changing his boots. The next witness heard was a fall, and turning round he saw the deceased and the chair lying on the floor. Everything possible was done for the deceased, and the medical officer was sent for. Buxton, however, gave three muffled groans and died.
  Dr. W.G. Stewart said that when he arrived at the tent he found the deceased dead. As the result of a post-mortem examination witness found death to have been caused by the bursting of an aneurism of the aorta.
  Lieut. Walters, on behalf of Lieut. Colonel Hales and the officers of the 17th Battalion, expressed regret at the man's death, and sympathy with his relatives. The deceased was very much liked by the battalion. Second Lieut. Hopewell also expressed sympathy.  A verdict of "Death from natural causes" was returned.

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Notts. Free Press

  With military honours the remains of Private Herbert Buxton, of Factory yard, were laid to rest in the Cemetery on Wednesday, the unusual spectacle drawing large crowds. The deceased soldier, who was 36 years old, belonged to the 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, 23,791. He died suddenly from heart failure in Wollaton Park, and leaves a widow and four children. The remains were brought home on Tuesday evening. The Rev. F.N. Beswick conducted the last rites at the funeral, a service in church preceding the interment. The deceased belonged to 'A' Company, Welbeck Rangers, which furnished a bearer party and guard of honour under Sergt. Gretton and Second Lieutenant Walters, who represented the battalion. The coffin, covered with wreaths, was borne on the shoulders of his comrades to the Cemetery. The family mourners were:- Widow, Arthur Dallas, Charles and Ivy (sons and daughters); Mr. Samuel Buxton and Private Charles Buxton (brothers); Private Buxton attended in Khaki having come from Watford for the occasion; Mrs. C. Merry and Mrs. L. Slater (Chesterfield) sisters (the latter's husband was killed at the front about six months ago); Mrs. M. Shaw, Mrs. A. Wall, Mrs. E. Buckley (Sutton) sisters-in-law; Mrs. J. Hayes (Sutton); Miss L. Buxton and Masters W. and S. Buxton (Huthwaite), nieces and nephews. Mrs. S. Buxton (sister-in-law) was prevented from attending by illness. A number of deceased Lodge comrades also followed.

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15 Feb 09     by Gary Elliott       Updated 06 Nov 20