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  • 91562 Private Cyril George Huskinson, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nott's and Derby Regiment) was killed on 27 May 1918 during the Battle of Chemin Des Dames. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial. Photo kind permission of Andrew Mackay
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Basford Nottingham
Cyril was born in 1900 at Basford and was the son of Mrs Mary Jane Huskinson and the late Albert Huskinson of 89 Vernon Avenue, Old Basford Nottingham In the 1901 census the family are living at 32 Vernon Avenue Basford and are shown as - Albert Huskinson, head, 42; Mary Jane, wife, 36; Maud, daur, 12; Cyril, son,1 By the 1911 census the family are living at - 43 Vernon Avenue Basford and are shown as - George A Huskinson, head, 42 (died 1916); Mary Jane, wife, 46; Cyril, son, 11; Winonda, daur, 7; Army Soldiers Effects Register - Huskinson, Cyril George, 1st Bn N &Dby, Pte, 91562. 27/5/18 Officially accepted; £7-3s-4d (Including £5 war gratuity) 31/12/1919 - Mother Mary J;
27 May 1918
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1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
91562 Private Cyril George Huskinson was conscripted into 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) in February 1917. He would have gone overseas in 1918 when after the German Spring Offensives, manpower was short. Many 18 year olds found themselves on the front line as the Allied armies attempted to stop the enemy onslaught. The 1st battalion had been involved in heavy fighting on the Somme and desperately needed rest and it also had a large number of young drafts who needed time to assimilate. It was decided that the quiet area on the Chemin Des Dames ridge. Unfortunately the German armies next attack would fall upon these tired and weak battalions. On 26th enemy shelled the area heavily and at 4 am on 27th an officer patrol reported that the British wire had not been cut and no enemy could be seen. Half an hour later the well hidden German infantry struck and the Battle of the Aisne began. The allied troops were overwhelmed and a retreat began. Some units were completely surrounded but all gave ground inch by inch at great cost. Despite the enemy attacking in overwhelming numbers an orderly retreat to a new defensive line was made. The losses for the Foresters were terribly heavy with 110 being killed in action on the day, of which Cyril was one. All but 7 men have no known grave and are commemorated on the Soissons memorial. The battalions losses amounted to 680 all ranks with many being wounded or missing.
Soldiers Died in the Great War - Huskinson Cyril George, born Nottingham, enlisted Nottingham, abode Basford Nott's, 91562 Private, killed in action, France and Flanders, 27/5/18
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  • 91562 Private Cyril George Huskinson, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nott's and Derby Regiment) was killed on 27 May 1918 during the Battle of Chemin Des Dames. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial. Photo kind permission of Andrew Mackay
    Cyril George Huskinson Memorial - 91562 Private Cyril George Huskinson, 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nott's and Derby Regiment) was killed on 27 May 1918 during the Battle of Chemin Des Dames. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial. Photo kind permission of Andrew Mackay