Buckam Singh
(Bukkam, Buckam, Buk Am, Bukkan)

Service Number: 454819
Next of Kin: Father - Badan Singh,

Mother - Chandi (Mrs Buckan) Mahilpur, Hosiar, Punjab
Wife - Pritam Kaur (married March 1903)

Birth Date and Age: Dec. 5, 1893
Place of Birth: Punjab, India
Trade: labourer
Place and Date of Attestation: Smiths Falls, April 23, 1915
Initial Unit: 42nd 20th Bn, 38th Bn
Military Unit:
Date of Embarkation: to England 5 September 1915
To France:
Medical Records: Scalp wound June 5 1916, leg wound July 22, 1916
Date of Embarkation: to Canada April 11, 1917
Date of Demobilization: discharged August 1, 1918
Place of Demobilization:
Later History: patient at Kitchener Military Hospital, Ontario
Last Known Address: Kitchener Military Hospital, Ontario
Family Names (Wife, children): Makilpur Hoshiarpur, Punjab
Wife: Pritam Kaur c/o Bhagwan Singh Gill, Jamsher, (Jamshahr) Jullundur, Punjab.
Also: Nihal Singh Gill, Jullundur

Time and Place of Death: August 27,1919. Kitchener, Ontario
Gravestone: “Of Mahilpur, Punjab”


During his initial search of the military records, David discovered that Buckam Singh had died in Canada from war-related injury and disease. In early November 2007 we visited Buckam Singh’s grave in Kitchener, Ontario. At the Spinning Wheel Film Festival in Toronto, later in November, we discovered that Sandeep Singh Brar, a Sikh historian and collector of Indian Army medals, had recently purchased a war medal belonging to Buckam Singh. Sandeep has since researched the life of Buckam Singh, created an excellent website on the life of this Canadian Sikh soldier, and founded an annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the soldier’s Kitchener gravesite.

>> www.sikhmuseum.com/buckam