Charles Sydney Buxton

1884-1911

Born: 26 May 1884 in 15 Eaton Place, London, England. He was baptised in St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia, London, England.  He died on 31 August 1911 at age 27 in Newtimber Place, Sussex, England. He was buried on 3 September 1911 in Newtimber Place, Sussex.  It is assumed that he died of appendicitis.
Son of: Sir Sidney Charles Buxton 1st Earl (1853-1934) and Constance Mary Lubbock, second daugher of Lord Avebury. 
Brother of:
1. 2nd Lt. Hon. Denis Bertram Sydney Buxton (1897-1917).
2. ?

Charles Sydney Buxton: An Overview

Charles Sydney Buxton is mentioned in the book ‘A Man’s Life’ which was published around 1940 by John James Lawson, known as Jack Lawson, who was born into an impoverished Victorian mining family and after attending Ruskin College became an MP and later Lord Lawson of Beamish. The paragraph from ‘A Man’s Life’ reads:
“In February of 1908 I began my second year in College.  There were lots of new men, and not the least change was that Charlie Buxton (son of the President of the Board of Trade at that time) had been made Vice-Principal.  A descendant of Fowell Buxton, the great slave liberator, and cousin to the well-known Labour Party Buxton, he had all the independence and marks of the family upon him.  Unfortunately, his brilliant and useful career was cut short by death a few years later.”

There are two memorials in the Church at Newtimber just below Wolstonbury hill north of Pycombe, Brighton.  One is Charles Sydney Buxton 1884-1911, the other is his brother Denis Sydney Buxton 2nd Lieut Coldstream Guards 29 November 1897 to 9 October 1917. 

Note from Peter Buxton reads as follows:

Charles Sydney Buxton

He is indeed the son on Sir Sydney Charles Buxton (1853-1934) Viscount Buxton, later 1st and last Earl Buxton, as he had no sons who survived him from his two marriages. His first marriage was to Constance Mary Lubbock who died 1882. He then married Mildred Anne Smith.

Charles Sydney Buxton was born on 26 May 1884 in 15 Eaton Place, London, England. He was baptised in St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia, London, England. He was the son of Rt. Hon. Sir Sydney Charles Buxton, 1st and last Earl of Buxton and Hon. Constance Mary Lubbock.

He attended Eton College, Eton, Berkshire, England and graduated from Oxford University, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, in 1906 with a Master of Arts (M.A.). He was Vice-President of Ruskin College, Oxford between 1907 and 1908. He was private secretary to his father when President of the Board of Trade in 1910. In January 1910 he stood unsuccessfully, as a Liberal, for the seat of Suffolk, Woodbridge Division.

He died on 31 August 1911 at age 27 in Newtimber Place, Sussex, England, unmarried. He was buried on 3 September 1911 in Newtimber Place, Sussex.  I have not found out what he died of.

 

Denis Bertram Sydney Buxton

2nd Lt. Hon. Denis Bertram Sydney Buxton was born on 29 November 1897 in 15 Eaton Place, London, England. He was the son of Rt. Hon. Sir Sydney Charles Buxton, 1st and last Earl of Buxton and Mildred Anne Smith. He was baptised in Byfleet, Surrey, England.  He was educated in Eton College, Eton, Berkshire, England. He fought in the First World War. He gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the service of the Coldstream Guards.  He died on 9 October 1917 at age 19 in Passchendale, France, killed in action.  Hon. Denis Bertram Sydney Buxton, third, but then only surviving, son of the Viscount Buxton, later 1st and last Earl Buxton, having predeceased his father thus caused the hereditary tile to end.

 

Virginia Wigan has confirmed that Charles Buxton was a close friend of her grandfather (Francis Bernard Bourdillon) - they met at Oxford.  Buxton's death in August 1911 appears in her grandfather's diary as 'sudden', and 'followed appendicitis'.   

 

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