Other names: Francis Hannen
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFranceItalyLower Weston, BathHammersmith, London
Story: Francis Hannen Buckland was born on 30 Sep 1878 at St. James, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised there at St. James Church on 27 Oct 1878 the son of William Thomas Buckland and Emma Buckland (nee Guy). The family were living in Parsons Pool, Shaftesbury, and the father was described as an Auctioneer. Francis married Grace Jemima Yaxley on 28 Nov 1908 at St. Johns Church, Lower Weston, Bath, and they lived at 51 High Steet, Shaftesbury. They went on to have two children. Francis enlisted on 19 Aug 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 73120). He served in France and Italy and was employed as an office telegraphist. His last posting was to the 7th Divisional Signal Company after which he was demobilized on 20 Feb 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the 1939 Register he had moved to 3 Boscombe Road, Hammersmith, London, and was working as a Filing Clerk for Post Office Telegraphs. He died in 1958.