Welcome to this website commemorating the men and women from the town of Buxton, Derbyshire, and its environs who served and died in the wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
For interests of the privacy of living direct relatives, less detail is included on those who died during the Second World War, 1939 – 1945, and the more recent conflicts that have seen new names added to the town’s main Memorial.
The main aim of the site is a simple one, and that is Remembrance.
By building this website I hope to perpetuate the memory of the men (and two women) of the town and its surrounding villages who lost their lives in the service of their country.
To this end it has been my great honour to visit and pay my personal respects to the graves and memorials of over 80% of the Great War casualties commemorated on the main Buxton Memorial and other smaller memorials in villages and churches in the area. Fewer of the World War 2 casualties have been visited at the Theatres of War are more widespread.
To this end I have to give my thanks to my wife, Jane, who has read maps, taken photos and travelled down many a muddy track to help me achieve my goals.
The original idea behind the website was to positively identify, by name and regiment or unit, each of the men listed on the war memorials in the town. In addition, however, more detail has been added, wherever possible, about where they were born; what jobs they did, and most importantly the families they left behind.
As far as is possible details are also given of when and where enlistment took place, and what engagements took place for each man, including, of course, the one where the ultimate sacrifice was made.
The results are interesting – Why are there so many men from Canadian Battalions in WW1? Why are some names there for whom no records exists? How come two names are of men who survived the The Great War?
Navigation: is either by the location of the War Memorial itself (“The Memorials” on the Menu Bar), or by the “Casualty Name” on the Menu Bar, in alphabetical order. Further analysis can be found by searching by “Regiment” or by the “Cemetery” or “Memorial” where they are commemorated.