Obituary WR BUIKE 1901


A transcript from the Isle of Wight Mercury 03/08/1901:

Death of Chief Officer Buike

We regret to announce the death of W. Buike, Chief Officer of Coastguard stationed at Ventnor. Mr Buike's illness had extended over a period of five months, and for six weeks he was a patient at Haslar Hospital. He returned to his home at the Ventnor Coastguard Station on June 20th, but was unable to resist the desease that had attacked him- dysentery and cystitis- and he passed away on Monday morning, leaving a widow (his second wife) and a family of children to mourn his loss. He was 53 years of age.
Mr Buike had been in service for 39 years joining when a boy of 15. By exemplary conduct and the sailor's characteristic cheerful obedience he gradually gained promotion, about twelve years ago being appointed to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He served about two years in this rank at Atherfield and was then removed to Ventnor, where he has remained ever since. He had been in the Coast guard 26 years. In 1866 when serving as an able seaman on the Canadian Station, he accompanied the force sent to quell the Fenian agitation. As will be remembered the medals for this little war have only just been issued- 35 years after the event. The late Mr Buike applied for his medal and happily recieved it a few weeks before his death.
The medal is attached to a ribbon of two red stripes divided by a white stripe, and on one side are the well known features of her late Majesty, and on the other the words "Canada. Fenian Raid, 1866." Naturally he was very proud of this long delayed decoration. Mr Buike also held the long service and good conduct medal. It is sad to think that within two years Mr Buike would have been able to retire on a comfortable pension, his time of service expiring in April 1903.
As far as his duties permitted Mr Buike always showed a readiness to help in anything for the benefit of the town, whether it was in the way of flag decoration at entertainments and bazaars, or as a judge, starter or umpire at our local regattas or sailing matches, and he will be much missed.
On the occasion of the stranding of the "Eider" on the Atherfield ledge about ten years ago, Mr Buike received by letter the thanks of the German Emperor for his services in connection with the landing of the passengers and crew and the valuables in the vessel, and he was also thanked personally by the present King, then Prince of Wales. who visited the scene of the disaster.

The Funeral
took place on Thursday afternoon amid general signs of mourning, many of the shops in the upper part of the town having shutters up. Coastguardsmen from all parts of the island attended the interment, and gave the remains of their messmate full Naval honours. The cortege left the Coastguard Station at 2.15. In advance, with rifles reversed, marched the firing party, under Chief Officer Warn of Blackgang. Then came the hearse bearing the corpse, which was encased in a coffin of polished elm, covered with the Union Jack, on which rested the cap and sword of deceased, and many beautiful wreaths. The bearer party consisted of Chief Boatmen Goddard and Tee, Commissioned Boatmen Giles and B. Hudson, and Boatman Stone, and the pall bearers were Chief Officers Petty (Bembridge) and Tubbs (Sandown) and two Chief Officers of the Cowes division. The chief mourners who followed in carriages, included Mrs Buike (Widow), Messrs W. and F. Buike (sons), Mrs Cooper, Mrs Tutton, and the Misses Buike (daughters), Captain Bairnsfather, Captain Douglas and Captain Burt. A number of townspeople followed on foot including Mr W. Pearson, Captain of the Fire Brigade. The reverend A P Clayton performed the burial service at the Cemetery, and the impressive ceremony concluded with the usual three volleys over the open grave.


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