On 9 June 1954, former Gunner William Buckenham died in the Plumstead area of London at the age of 67 according to Arsenal.com
Born as William Elijah Buckenham in Exeter in 1888, he became an amateur footballer while working in Woolwich Arsenal before joining the army in 1905. Soon afterwards lady luck came knocking and he was spotted by the then manager George Morrell.
‘Bill’- as he was fondly known- went on to join Woolwich Arsenal as a 21 year old in a move that saw him launch his professional career. William Buckenham began his stay at Highbury on a high, getting on the score sheet on his debut during the 2-2 draw with Bristol in November 1909.
According to the Official Club website, during his single-season tenure with Woolwich Arsenal, Bill made 21 appearances scoring 5 times in a season that saw the Gunners avoid relegation by a whisker. He later on transferred to Southampton the following season
The later on went to play for the 12th Royal Field Artillery before dying in 1954.