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Cyril A. Truscott

Cyril A. Truscott

Person  Male  Born 16/7/1883  Died 23/4/1917

Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers who died in WW1.

Andrew Behan has kindly provided this research: Lieutenant Cyril Alfred Trustcott was born on 16 July 1883 in Paddington, the third of the four children of James Freeman Truscott (1849-1892) and Emily Matilda Truscott née Greene (1846-1922). His father was a Master Printer and Stationer. His father was the elder brother of Sir George Wyatt Truscott so Cyril was cousin to Francis Truscott who also appears on the Stationers' War Memorial.

On 11 August 1883 he was baptised at All Saints Church, Norfolk Square, Paddington and the family were living at 10 Talbot Square, Paddington. By the time of the baptism of his younger sister, Doris Hope Truscott (1888-1977), on 7 November 1888 the family were living at 17 Southwick Crescent, Paddington, (now called Hyde Park Crescent).

The 1891 census shows him living at 6 Marine Square, Brighton, Sussex, with his parents, his two elder brothers, James Ralph Truscott (1876-1924), Roy Francis Truscott (1881-1938), his sister and 3 female domestic servants. On 10 March 1892 his father died in Queenstown, New Zealand and was buried there. His mother was remarried in 1896 to Roland Rugeley Bury (1854-1924).

The 1901 census shows that he was a pupil of Clifton College, Bristol and boarding at 34 College Road, Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire. Electoral registers from 1907 to 1915 shows him occupying the 2nd floor front bedroom at 60 Avenue Road. The 1911 census shows him living at 60 Avenue Road, Regent's Park, Hampstead with his step-father, his brother Roy F. Truscott, a cook, a parlour-maid, a housemaid and an under-housemaid. His occupation was recorded as a Wholesale Printer's Clerk.

The Jack Clegg Memorial Database of Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War states that he was an ex-Honorary 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Marines (Motor Owner Driver) on 24 September 1914 and was commissionedas a Temporary Sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 5 February 1915. He was drafted into the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force on 1 August 1915 and joined the Nelson Battalion of the Royal Naval Division on 15 August 1915. He was promoted to Acting Lieutenant whilst in command of a company on 10 December 1915 and was made a Temporary Lieutenant on 28 March 1916. In 1916 the Royal Naval Division was transferred to the British Army and became the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division and fought on the Western Front.

He died of wounds, aged 33 years, on 23 April 1917 in the 3rd (RN) Field Ambulance and is buried in Row B, Grave 3, in the Ste. Catherine British Cemetery, Saint Catherine-lés-Arras, Pas de Calais, France. On 2 August 1917 probate was granted to his mother and this showed his address remained as 60 Avenue Road, Regents Park, his effects totalling £6,043-18s-1d. He was posthumously awarded The 1914 Star with the 5 Aug-22 Nov 1914 Clasp, The British War Medal 1914-1918 and The Victory Medal.

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