Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Lieutenant-Colonel Trevor Carus-Wilson D.S.O., T.D., 1st/5th Battalion, the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, died from wounds received in action during the fighting in France.
Educated at Shrewsbury School, he worked for a while at the Great Western Railway Works in Swindon. During the Boer War he served with the Composite Cyclist Corps and was awarded the Queen’s medal with five clasps; he also gained considerable experience of Lord Kitchener’s Blockhouse system.
After the outbreak of the Great War, Lieutenant-Colonel Carus-Wilson was sent to guard the wireless station of Poldhu, famous for being the place from which Marconi transmitted his first transatlantic message in 1901. Later he was sent to India to serve on the Viceroy’s Guard of Honour until December of 1915. At that time he was appointed Major in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, sent to France six months later, and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
He was Mentioned in Despatches three times, was awarded the Territorial Decoration, and also the Distinguished Service Order in March of 1918. He is buried in the St. Sever Cemetery at Rouen, and memorialised on the parish war memorial at St. Enoder’s church in Newquay.
Trevor, from Truro, was 48 years old