FUSSELL, John William Hugo

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Bn. Attd. 6th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry.

Born

September 1896.
The elder son of John Walter Hugo Fussell, British Vice Consul of Benguella, Angola (formerly of Frome) and of Mrs. Mary Fussell of Caversham, Oxon.

Education

Blundell's School, “School House”, entering at the age of 14 in September 1910 – Summer 1913.

Service

He was on a visit to Angola when war broke out in 1914 so he took the first ship home (a Norwegian Whaler) and enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company, quickly gaining promotion. In June 1915 he was given a commission into the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. His Captain wrote, “When he joined my company six weeks ago we all remarked what a good fellow he was. He was always cheerful and bright…”

Death

19 July 1916, aged 19.
He was killed in action.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave I. K. 85.
Rue Petillion Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Pas de Calais.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
The National Archives, Kew WO 339/34002
The Blundellian, November 1916 p 257
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.5411
“Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France” (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 13/260
“British battalions on the Somme” WESTLAKE, R (2004) Pen and Sword

 

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