R. J. Buckingham
Person Male Born 30/1/1901 Died 1/3/1988
Alderman in the Borough of Hammersmith in 1948.
Our colleague Andrew Behan has researched this man: Reginald James Buckingham was born on 30 January 1901 and his birth was registered in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. He was a son of Frederick Buckingham and Sarah Buckingham, nee Hyde, who had eight children. His father was a Farm Labourer. He was baptised in Toddington, Bedfordshire on 31 March 1901 and the 1901 census, which was taken on the same date, shows the family living at Station Road, Toddington. The 1911 census records him living in a house with four rooms in Luton Road, Toddington with his parents and four brothers.
In 1925 he married Mary Elizabeth Fletcher in Ampthill and they had two children, Aubrey Reginald Buckingham and Margaret E Buckingham. For many years he lived at 2 Wormholt Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 and is listed in Post Office telephone directories as such between 1934 and 1974. He was a Justice of the Peace and elected as a councillor for the Wormholt Ward of the Hammersmith Borough Council, serving as Mayor of Hammersmith from 1946 to 1949. He went on to be a Labour Party member of the London County Council from 1949 to 1952 and Chairman of the Metropolitan Water Board from 1956 to 1959. He and his wife moved to 31 Luton Road, Toddington and she died there on 27 February 1976, leaving £4,260 in her estate. He also died there on 1 March 1988, aged 87 years, and probate records show his estate did not exceed £70,000.