William Alexander Stewart Blucke

Surname: Blucke
Other names: William Alexander Stewart
Other people in this story:
Harry Frederick Stokes Blucke
Elizabeth Harriet Blucke née Collins
Jessica Blucke née Huxford
Frederick Charles Blucke
Locations in this story:
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Cann Lodge, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Wandsworth, London
Southwark, London
France & Flanders
Hurstpierrepoint Collage, Hassocks, Sussex

William Alexander Stewart Blucke was born at Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire, on 24th July 1895 and baptised there on 17th August 1895, the son of Dr. Harry Frederick Stokes Blucke and Elizabeth Harriet Blucke (née Collins).  He was a pupil at Hurstpierrepoint College, Hassocks, Sussex, from 1909 to 1912. William, whose father was the local Doctor, lived in Donhead St. Andrew for his early years until, by 1911, the family had moved to Cann Lodge, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset.  

William enlisted on 24th November 1914 and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.  He transferred on 29th June 1918 to the Royal Flying Corps (later the Royal Air Force) as an Observer with the rank of Lieutenant.  He served in France and Flanders and on his discharge on 4th November 1919 he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was attached for sometime after to the ADRIC (Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary) in Ireland.  The 1921 Census shows him visiting his parents at Cann Lodge, Cann. He married Jessica Huxford in 1932 and by the time of the 1939 Register they were living at 27 Christchurch House, Wandsworth, London, he was described as a Company Secretary and Director with a Commission Agent.   He died, aged only 47, on 5th May 1943 and was buried at Southwark, London, on 12th May 1943. 

His brother, Frederick Charles Blucke, also served in the conflict, with the Royal Garrison Artillery.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Frederick Charles Blucke