Lt Col Buxton Smith, RFA

1877 Feb 5. Born Beccles, Suffolk

1881 census 28 Northgate St, Beccles, Suffolk

1891 census Attending Cheltenham College as a boarder

1894 Dec 5. Volunteer Corps, Artillery. 1st Norfolk (Eastern Division, Royal Artillery'), The undermentioned Gentlemen to be Second Lieutenants : Buxton Smith.

1901 census at 9 Euston Rd, Great Yarmouth.

1903 Apr/Jun Married Florence May Howling in Yarmouth, Norfolk.

1906 East Suffolk Gazette "Liberal Association: Discussion on Adult Suffrage: Different views. Captain Buxton Smith: “The proper place for women is in the home. Vote should only be allowed to men after passing fairly stiff education exam.”

1908 Apr 1. 2nd Suffolk (Howitzer) Battery, 4th East Anglian (Howitzer) Brigade; Major Buxton Smith, from the 1& Norfolk Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers), to be Major, with precedence as in the Volunteer Force.

1911 census at Ardgarth, Grange Road, Beccles, Suffolk

1915 Nov 27. Landed in France with RFA. Posted to "R" Battery 1/4 NM Brigade

1916 Apr 9 to Apr 16. On leave in England

1916 May 27. Posted to D/231 Brigade

1916 Aug 6. On a 6 day course at 3rd Army Artillery School

1917 Apr 28 Posted to 230 Brigade

1917 May 18. MID

1917 Mar 22 To England on leave till Apr 1.

1917 He was gassed in WW1

1918 May 21. Back to England to await orders

Later posted to Middle East where he contracted malaria.

1920 Jan 22 Demobilised. His address is given as 21 Grosvenor Rd, Lowestoft

1920 Jul 27 . Joined ADRIC with service no 17. Posted to C Coy Company Commander

1920 Nov 28. Company Commander at Macroom when Kilmichael Ambush took place

Katherine Everett in her book called Bricks and Flowers quotes Col Buxton Smith, commander 'C' Company Auxiliaries in Macroom Castle as finding it difficult to control his men. Everett reports Buxton Smith as saying to her: "When I first came here I little knew what I was in for. I can trust no one. Already I have lost twenty-five of my men, and they are getting hard to hold. I can't give them any exercise - can't even allow them to knock a ball about in the park, lest they are sniped at from over the wall. They can't walk a yard or go into a shop without danger, and they are savage for revenge."

1921 Feb 25. He resigned from the Auxiliaries "permitted to resign"

1922 Feb 4. He committed suicide on Clapham Common, London.

1922 Mar 10 Probate to his widow.

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