Charles Edward Buist

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
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  • Rank: Captain
  • Awards: Military Cross
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
  • Unit/Ship: 67th Siege Battery
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 22
  • Date of Death: 21.10.1917
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 6 to 7 & 162

Personal Information

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  • Place of Birth:
  • Address: Balgillo, Broughty Ferry
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  • Mother:

    Isabella Buist

  • Father:

    John Charles Buist, Balgillo House, Broughty Ferry

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More about Charles Edward Buist

Charles has no known grave but is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

M.C. Citation, London Gazette 16 August, 1917.

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst engaged with a party rescuing ammunition from a fire in his battery, the whole party was knocked out by a shell, he rendered first aid to the wounded, subsequently mastering the fire with water buckets. He displayed complete disregard for personal danger under heavy fire and set a magnificent example.”

Charles Edward Buist   Captain   Royal Garrison Artillery

BROUGHTY FERRY OFFICER KILLED

BY THE BURSTING OF A SHELL.

Mr J. C. Buist, Balgillo House, Broughty Ferry, has received official intimation that his youngest son, Acting Captain Charles Edward Buist, R.G.A., had been killed in action in France on 21st October.  Captain Buist was killed by the bursting of a shell while in the act of observing for his battery.

Deceased who was 22 years of age, was educated at Seafield House, Broughty Ferry, and Hesbal Preparatory School, Cheshire, going thereafter to Rugby, where he was head of his house.  He had been accepted for the New College, Oxford, but on the outbreak of hostilities he volunteered to serve his country, and he joined up in the early stages of the war.  He went to France in the spring of 1916.

His commanding officer, in a letter to Mr Buist states that in Captain Buist they had a very gallant, extraordinarily conscientious, and trustworthy officer.  They had been together for two years, and in that time they had learned to love and appreciate him. “I feel,” he concluded, “I have lost a very trusted friend.”

Dundee Courier 29th October 1917

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, further additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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