Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers
Biography: Son of William Buchan, fisherman ; born Cairnbulg, Aberdeenshire, 24 September 1888 ; educated Fraserburgh Academy and Aberdeen Grammar School ; entered the University in 1908. He distinguished himself not only as a keen student, but as a member of different University societies and an enthusiastic lover of games. In 1912 he graduated M.A. with first-class Honours in Economics, and went on to the U.F.C. Divinity Hall, Glasgow. Whilst studying there he worked in the Boatmen's Mission, and spent one summer at a mission station in Canada. After the outbreak of war he worked for a year with the Y.M.C.A. and in February 1916 enlisted in the 4th Gordons. Four months training in England prepared him to go to France with the 2nd Gordons, and with them he passed eight months in the trenches. He obtained a commission in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and in September 1917 was back in France. He fell, on 2 December 1917, near Cambrai. Charles Buchan's great desire had always been to do something for the world. He loved men and found good in every one ; he knew how to be widely tolerant and sympathetic without for a moment lowering his own high standard or yielding his principles ; and his perfect sincerity and earnestness won him the love and respect of men of all types and characters.
Date of Death: 02 December 1917
Burial Details: Buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Plot 3, Row A, Grave 4.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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