Charles Bucknor


Charles Bucknor, resigned his military commission in 1858 to go to BC.  He hoped to find a position quickly within the Government.

Sadly, by the time he arrived in the Colonies, most if not all the plum posts were already occupied.

During the Spring of 1859, as the Commission began the preparations to return to the work on the Boundary, Hawkins came to realize the need for more men, with specialized skills, who would be required to allow the work to continue.

To that end, Hawkins hired Charles Bucknor on the 7th July 1859.

" consequence of the large quantity of provisions and stores accumulated at our principal depot on the Chilukweyuk River, I found it necessary to obtain the services of a Storekeeper or Officer in charge of the depot.  For this purpose Mr. C. Bucknor, late an Officer in Her Majesty's Army, was temporarily engaged . . . from the 7th June 1859;

--Hawkins reports to London (25th October, 1859)

The next mention we have of Bucknor is from Lt. Wilson's Journal a few weeks later, during the Mosquito Season.

"...found poor Bucknor in bed, his mind rather irritable and the mosquitoes have worked him so that he has scratched into a vein in his neck which bled a good deal and we had to keep bathing it during the day."

-- Diary of Lt. Charles Wilson, 26th July 1859

The next entry paints a worsening situation.

"...Last night was a dreadful night.  I spent it in our hospital and did not get a wink of sleep.  Bucknor was weak from loss of blood and could hardly stand. "

-- Lt. Charles Wilson, 27th July 1859

Hawkins later wrote to the Foreign Office in London regarding Bucknor.

"...but this gentleman  (Bucknor) did not prove equal to the post, his services were dispensed with on the 26th July 1859."

--Hawkins reports to London (25th October, 1859)

A few weeks later, one of  the American Commission Officers comments on Bucknor's situation in a letter to his brother.

"Roach, Mayne, and Dr. Lyall returning to their Naval duties and another officer, Buckner, having resigned to get rid of the mosquitoes."

--7th Aug 1859, Joseph Harris,
American Boundary Commission

According to Stanley (Lt. Wilson's editor), Bucknor went on to serve as a police man in Yale after his Boundary Service.