Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Herbert Cecil Buller

In memory of:

Major Herbert Cecil Buller

June 2, 1916

Military Service


Age:

34

Force:

Army

Unit:

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.)

Citation(s):

Distinguished Service Order, London Gazette No. 29202 dated 23 June 1915; Mentioned in despatches, London Gazette No. 29200 dated 22 June 1915; Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette 29623 dated 15 June 1916.

Additional Information


Son of Admiral Sir Alexander Buller, G.C.B., and Lady Emily Buller, Erle Hall, Plympton, South Devon, England.

Commemorated on the Royal Ottawa Golf Club War Memorial, The East Window and at Buller Mountain.

Commemorated on Page 61 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

III. A. 7.

Location:

Voormezeele Enclosure No. 3 is located 4 kilometres south-west of Ieper town centre on the Ruusschaartstraat, a road leading from the Kemmelseweg (Connecting Ieper to Kemmel N331). From Ieper town centre the Kemmelseweg is reached via the Rijselsestraat, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and straight on towards Armentieres (N365). 900 metres after the crossroads is the right hand turning onto the Kemmelseweg (made prominent by a railway level crossing). Turn right onto the Kemmelseweg and follow this road to the first crossroads, turn left here into Ruusschaartstraat. The Cemetery is located 1 kilometre after this junction on the left hand side of the road just before Voormezeele Dorp.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Ottawa Journal (June 5, 1916)
  • Newspaper Clipping– Ottawa Journal (June 7, 1916)
  • Newspaper Clipping– Ottawa Journal (June 9, 1916)
  • Newspaper Clipping– Ottawa Journal (June 10, 1916)
  • Newspaper clipping– newspaper clipping
The Calgary Herald June 5, 1916
Headlines: "Fearful Death Toll Among Canadian Officers
at the Ypres Front is Reported"
"The Flag is Flying at Half-Mast
The flag is flying at half-mast at Rideau Hall for Lieut. Col. Buller of
the Princess Patricia's.  He was an aide at Rideau Hall when the war broke out and joined the Princess Patricia's in Ottawa as adjutant.
On the death of Col. Farquhar early in the war, he was promoted to commander.  He was severely wounded in one of the great stands made by his famous regiment but later recovered and returned to his battalion."
  • Group photo– Photo
Photograph of then Capt. Buller with Lieut. Col. F. D. Farquhar, D.S.O., officer commanding the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.  Capt. Buller was promoted to commanding officer upon the death of Lt. Col. Farquhar.
Source:  Canada in the Great War, Vol. II, Days of Preparation.
United Publishers of Canada Limited, Toronto.  View online at www.archives.org
  • Newspaper clipping– London Free Press 
According to this article, Col. Buller was buried in the same grave as his former commanding officer, Col. Farquhar.
  • Newspaper Clipping– The Calgary Herald June 5, 1916
The official list dated June 5, 1916 gives the name of Lieut. Col. Buller along with 12 other officers killed, 58 wounded and 27 missing in the battle between Ypres and Hooge on June 2nd and 3rd.
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England
  • Grave Marker– Left:  Lieut. Col. Farquhar, Commanding Officer of the PPCLI, who was killed March 21, 1915 
Right:  Lieut. Col. Buller, who succeeded Farquhar as C/O.

Photo courtesy of Wilf Scholfield, England.
  • Memorial– Former members of The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Aylmer, Quebec are commemorated on a plaque in the entrance to the club.
  • Memorial– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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