The following represent a small selection of the men who gave their lives during the Second World War and who are commemorated in Buckland St Mary the Virgin church.
Francis Charles Joseph Butler
Francis Charles was the youngest child of Francis Maurilyan and Josephine Butler and was brought up at Carswell Manor. He served as a Pilot Officer in No. 9 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. On the evening of 18th June 1940, his Wellington bomber took off from RAF Honington on an operation to attack targets on the east bank of the Rhine. He and his crew never returned and it is thought that their Wellington came down in the North Sea. He was aged 25.
Hugh and George Newhouse were the sons of the Revd. Robert Lionel Cavins Newhouse, vicar of St Mary the Virgin, Buckland and Marion Elizabeth Newhouse.
Hugh was a Pilot-Officer in the RAF 49 Squadron. In January 1941, he was flying Hampdens out of Scampton. Eight planes from his squadron departed for Wilhelmshaven in the early hours of 12th January to search for the Battleship Tirpitz. On their return, Newhouse’s plane crashed in the vicinity of Kirton Lindsey airfield in Lincolnshire for unknown reasons. He was 27 years old and he is buried in the churchyard at Buckland St Mary the Virgin.
George was a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was killed in action on 21st July 1945 aged 27 and is buried in St Peter’s churchyard, Bournemouth.