1939-45 Star, Burma Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Korea 1 (M.I.D. )(C. Sgt. Glosters.), U.N. Korea
M.I.D. L.G. 8/12/1953.
‘In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Korea.’
Colour Sergeant Henry Ernest Buxcey, b. 1912, enl. Gloucestershire Regiment at Warwick 1933. Served in Burma from 1 November 1938 to 31 May 1942; and in India from 1 June 1942 to the end of the Second World War. He arrived in Korea, with the rank of Colour Sergeant, on 12 October 1950. He served with the Gloucestershire Regiment during the Korean War, and was present at the Battle of Imjin River, 22-25 April 1951.
Buxcey was killed in action during the last stand of the Glosters on Hill 235 (Gloster Hill) on 25 April 1951:
‘Chinese mortars joined the battle. Men desperately scratched into earth to improve their cover. “All we could do was scrape with a bayonet and not to make too much noise”, said Mercer. “They could pinpoint the sound and send over a mortar bomb. The Chinese were probably within a couple of hundred yards all round. The pincers had really closed. With mortars detonating around him, Mercer decided his own trench was not good enough, so asked to join Colour Sergeant Buxcey -”a real crack shot, a pre-World War II regular” – in the trench behind him. “Find you own f***ing trench!”, the N.C.O. replied. By an odds-against chance, a bomb then landed in Buxcey’s trench killing him instantly.’ (To the Last Round, by A. Salmon ).
Buxcey is buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Pusan, Korea.
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