Hunting mourns the death of Albert Buckle

  • Albert Buckle, renowned huntsman of the Whaddon Chase for 26 years up to 1980, died on 22 February, aged 95.

    His partnership with the late Dorian Williams, master of the Whaddon Chase, was one of the most successful in post-war foxhunting.

    “The Whaddon Chase country was known as ‘the Londoners’ Leicestershire’ and attracted many keen, hard-riding foxhunters and Albert, a neat, effective horseman and houndman, produced tremendous sport over a big country,” said former H&H editor Michael Clayton.

    Mr Williams, who was also a commentator, journalist and author, delegated many duties in running the hunt to Albert, who coped superbly.

    He described Albert as “remarkably talented and an exceptional ambassador for foxhunting”.

    Albert started whipping-in to Clarence Johnson at the Bicester. After war service in the 15th/19th Hussars, he returned to hunting with the Hertfordshire, where he met his wife Cath.

    She gave him a silver hunting horn with which he won the horn-blowing competition at the Horse & Hound Ball for many years.

    Mr Buckle hunted the North Cotswold successfully for four years before moving to the Whaddon Chase.

    On retirement as huntsman, Albert continued for three years as kennel-huntsman, assisting his friend and successor, the former showjumper David Barker.

    A great raconteur, and extremely popular throughout the hunting world, Albert served for 50 years as assistant steward at Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, retiring at the age of 90 in 2005 when he received a presentation.

    He said then: “I’ve had a marvellous life in hunting. I was lucky to have a wonderful master in Mr Williams. I’ve managed to keep my health and I play golf three times a week.”

    Albert is survived by his son Martyn and daughter Diana.

    A memorial service will be held on 14 March at All Saints Church, Wing, Bucks, at 2.30 pm.

    This news story was first published in the

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