Trouton, Desmond Gardiner


The son of Professor Frederick Thomas Trouton FRS and Annie Trouton, nee Fowler, of 35 Redington Road, Hampstead, and of Melbreck, Lilford, near Farnham. His father was Quain Professor of Physics at University College, London from 1902. Desmond was the second of his four sons, and he had three sisters. His older brother, Captain Frederick Thomas Trouton (B 1905-1909) was killed in action at Loos in September 1915 (see individual entry). His younger brother, Rupert, also came to the school (B 1910-1912). Both brothers entered Mr Fort’s house from Bilton Grange, near Rugby and, not surprisingly, both had an aptitude for science, especially for natural history. Desmond also won the silver medal for gymnastics in 1910.

On leaving Winchester he went to University College, London to study Electrical Engineering. He was appointed to the Special Reserve of the Royal Field Artillery in July 1914 and went to France with the 2nd Division of the Expeditionary Force. He was wounded during the First Battle of Ypres and on recovery early in 1915 was sent to Gallipoli, taking part in the landing at Suvla Bay. He was invalided from the Dardanelles shortly after and returned to France in April 1916, being again wounded in July of that year. Shortly before his death he was given command of a battery and his name was mentioned in Despatches. He was killed near Ypres on 13th October 1917.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Trouton
  • Forenames or initials: Desmond Gardiner
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1907-1911
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 15th October 1893
  • Date of Death: 13th October 1917
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: THE HUTS CEMETERY: Grave XIII. A. 19