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Death of Richard Buckle late RGJ, 10 GR & SOF
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Richard Buckle, late RGJ, 10 Gurkha Rifles & SOF (502388)



Born: 26 Jul 1957; Woking Surrey

Died:  16 Feb 2014 in Thailand

Educated: St Peters Seaford Sussex, Winchester College & RMAS



Aug 1976 Apr 1977

RMA Sandhurst

2 Lt 19 Apr 1977

LG Sup 5211, 19 Apr 1977

Lt 15 Aug 1978

LG Sup 9819, 15 Aug 1978

Resigns his commission  7 Feb 1979

LG Sup 3035, 06 Mar 1979

Short Serv Commission 10 G.R.  14 Mar 1983

LG Sup 5312, 19 Apr 1983

From Active List to Reg Resv of Offrs 14 Mar 1986

LG Sup 3839, 18 Mar 1986

Ceases to belong to the Resv of Offrs 28 Aug  1989

LG Sup 7032, 21 Mar 1990


B St P & MB DS write: Richard Buckle died peacefully on Sunday 16th Feb in Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand where he had made his home. His wife Nee was with him at the end. Richard had been ill for some time but found out that it was terminal liver cancer on Christmas Day 2013. He accepted the news with typical good humour and was able to talk to and email many Regimental friends in his last days, sharing many happy memories.


Richard was a gentle, kind, unassuming and incredibly funny man who had that amazing ability to get on with everyone and who lived a colourful life to the full. His brother officers and Riflemen adored his eccentricity but also his caring nature. While commanding 9 Pl, 1 RGJ in 1977, he reacted to the news that a sniper, known to go for head shots, was operating in the area by insisting that his patrol all wobbled their heads as they jogged across Etna Waste in Belfast.  On a jungle warfare course in Brunei, his instructor was astonished to see him lead his patrol wearing a repro German helmet and monocle. His platoon attack with his Riflemen acting out the part of Zulus in the New Territories of Hong Kong will long be fondly remembered.


His 9 Pl leaving party from Hong Kong resulted with the number 9 being tattooed on his big toe. From there he went to Thailand and had further adventures that included working at Tiger Tops in Nepal, clearing mines in Laos, collecting watch batteries for their silver content in the UK, joining the Gurkhas on a Short Service Commission back in Hong Kong, leaving and then serving with Baluchis in the Oman, guarding African oil rigs with a Gurkha security company before settling down and growing bananas on his land on the Thai/ Burmese border.


Knowing that he was terminally ill, he accepted that his time had come and reflected that he had lived a happy life and had never put anyone down.


Letters of condolence if desired: c/o of his brother, Mark Buckle:

9 Hazel Drive, Ripley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6LQ     


Funeral arrangements: A private cremation service has been held in Thailand.

David Smith - EX 1RGJ

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I didn't know you Richard but remember you and, heard a few funny stories about you from members of your Platoon.



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What a wonderful posting about an obviously well loved man.

So sorry our paths never crossed.

Thank you to the author of this piece and RIP to Richard. 

Dickie bird

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I remember Richard in the RGJ but had more contact with him in Angola where he was a good steady reliable man.   A good man to have on your side when it was needed.  You will be missed by many and most of all by Nee.   Rest in peace Richard.

Nicola Killick

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It is with great sadness that I have read this afternoon of Richard's illness and subsequent death. Richard was my landlord in the early 90's and a friend.  His sense of humour will be sorely missed.  R.I.P. Richard.  Condolences to his wife and family. Nicola

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