Edmund Pullar Buchanan, O.B.E.,
M.C., D.L. ........ his life of service
Compiled from images in the public domain, and from notes by Peter T.
Paterson in his book, "A Cambusbarron Tapestry" published in Stirling in
by John Henderson B.A. Hons., DPE, resident in Cambusbarron, Stirling
Buchanan of Touch
Edmund was born in 10 Bute
Mansions, Hillhead, Glasgow, Scotland on July 18, 1893 to Charles Alexander
Buchanan, born Ireland c. 1863, and Mary Catherine Kay, born Ayr, Ayrshire,
Scotland on 19 March, 1861.
Charles and Mary married in
Ayr on June 4, 1891.
Birth Edmund Pullar Buchanan
1901 Census Buchanan
Edmund enlisted to fight in
World War 1 and became a distinguished leader of men, as a Lieutenant/
Captain/ Major, winning, among other medals, the Military Cross for vital
patrol work that brought important strategic information to his Commanding
Officer. Thereafter, although he suffered severe chest wounds at the Battle
of Loos, he was twice Mentioned In Dispatches. He then also served in
1920 Edmund Pullar Buchanan WW1
In civilian life between WW1
and WW2 he married Doreen Marguerita Bury in 1926 in Wellington, Somerset,
England and they had three sons ... Neil Anselan Buchanan in a British
Consulate abroad in 1927; Patrick Bury Buchanan in Cambusbarron, Stirling,
Scotland in 1929; and Nigel Walter Buchanan in Cambusbarron, Stirling,
Scotland in 1933.
1926 Marriage Edmund P Buchanan Doreen M Bury
Edmund's father, Charles
Alexander Buchanan, died in Stirling on the 18th of November, 1936, and his
mother died in Surrey, England in December, 1943.
1936 Death Charles Alexander Buchanan
1937 Probate Charles Alexander Buchanan
1943 Death Mary Catherine Buchanan
In WW2, as CO of the 7th
Argyll and Southern Highlanders, Edmund notably, as part of the BEE, helped
to resist German advances for a while along the Somme.
However, he, and many of his men, were captured at St Valery in 1940, and
spent five years as POWs in Offlag 7C at Mulhausen, until released by the
Americans in April, 1945.
Capt. Neil Anselan Buchanan,
1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, first son of Col. and Mrs E. P.
Buchanan of Touch. was educated at Cargilfield School, St Andrews and Rugby.
He was commissioned in 1947 and served in Palestine and Hong Kong. On 6
September 1950, while approaching a Korean village, his 14-man patrol came
under heavy fire on three sides. Two men were killed and at least five
wounded. Buchanan, hit in both legs, ordered the patrol to withdraw, leaving
him behind as carrying him would make them too vulnerable. Armed with a Bren
gun, he enabled his patrol to escape by fighting a single-handed rearguard
action until overwhelmed. The ground was later regained, but no trace of him
was found. He was posthumously awarded the American Silver Star. Aged 23.
Patrick Bury Buchanan, second
son of Colonel Edmund Pullar Buchanan, married Margaret Winifred
Clifton-Brown, daughter of Lt.-Col. Geoffrey Benedict Clifton-Brown and
Robina Margaret Hill Sutton, on 8 October 1955. (Peerage)
Nigel Walter Buchanan, third
son of Colonel Edmund Pullar Buchanan, married Caroline Grotrian/Stephen in
1988 in Stirling.
Death of Colonel Edmund
Pullar Buchanan in 1962 ...
1962 Death Edmund P Buchanan
1962 Probate Edmund P Buchanan
The widow of Colonel
Buchanan, Doreen Marguerita (Bury) Buchanan, died in Stirling, Scotland in
1986 aged 85 years.
Cambusbarron Head Teacher JNK Henderson 1950
Cambusbarron Players Drama Group 1951
Cambusbarron Flower Show Committee 1952
Cambusbarron Flower Show Committee 1953