Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Captain Sydney Vyvyan Trevenen M.C., the Royal Field Artillery, died in hospital in France as a result of gas poisoning.
The son of a solicitor, he attended Cheltenham College and the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He had joined the Royal Field Artillery in 1913, and arrived in France on the 20th of August the following year. In 1916 his actions won him the award of the Military Cross. The citation reads: “He crawled out some 1,000 yards in front of the forward trench and brought back useful information. He twice acted as liaison officer and showed marked resource and coolness”. Captain Trevenen was wounded but not severely. He was also Mentioned in Despatches.
In early June of 1918 he was severely gassed and was taken from the battle zone to hospital at Etaples. There he died from septic bronchial pneumonia. Captain Trevenen lies buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France, and on his headstone are the words: “In the hand of God”. There is a commemorative battlefield cross in his memory in St. Stephen’s Church in Cheltenham.
Sydney, from Cheltenham, was 24 years old.