Private William Buckingham
|Died||5 September 1916 (aged 28)
|Buried at||Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial|
|Years of service||1901-1916 †|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
William Buckingham VC (February 1886 – 15 September 1916) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Buckingham was born in Leicester. He spent his childhood in the care of the local county council.
Buckingham joined the 2nd Battalion of The Leicestershire Regiment in 1901, at the age of 15, and served in Egypt and India. The 2nd Battalion, was posted to France during the First World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 10 and 12 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle during which he was wounded in the chest.
The citation reads as follows:
For conspicuous acts of bravery and devotion to duty in rescuing and rendering aid to the wounded whilst exposed to heavy fire, especially at Neuve-Chapelle on 10th and 12th March 1915.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- VCs of the First World War - The Western Front 1915 (Peter F. Batchelor & Christopher Matson, 1999)
- Pte Buckingham visits Countesthorpe Cottage Homes where he grew up