Tom Buckley

Vancouver Press Dec 2005
TRB, 1940 at KES
Thomas R. Buckley (KES 1932 - 1940)

"Ex-Squadron Leader Thomas R. Buckley passed away unexpectedly on Vancouver Island, Canada on December 21st 2005. Tom attended King Edward VII School from 1932 - 1940 after which he joined the RAF, flying Beaufighters in Coastal Command. Tom, his wife and family emigrated to Canada in 1954. Tom was very proud of his association with King Edward VII School and often spoke of his time spent there and the friends he made. He was very much involved in sport, both soccer and cricket and tells the story of a soccer game between the Students and Staff. Apparently, he went to head the ball at the same time as Dr. Barton and Tom was responsible for breaking Dr. Barton's nose in that encounter. He is remembered by his four children for his loyalty and sense of duty and by his wife Dorothy for his faithfulness."

[Dorothy O Buckley]

TRB was in the Football 1st XI for 4 seasons, from 36-7 to 39-40, the last 2 seasons as Captain. He was in the Cricket 1st XI for 3 seasons - 1938, 1939 and 1940 - and is one of select few OEs to have scored a century for the school (100 n.o. against Sheffield Collegiate on 29 June 1940). He was Deputy Head Prefect in 1939/40, Peter Wheatley being Head Prefect.

See - Soccer 1st 36/37; Soccer 1st 37/38; Soccer 1st 38/39; Soccer 1st 39/40;
Cricket 1st XI 38; Cricket 1st XI 39; Cricket 1st XI 40; Cricket Sherwood 1st XI 40.