Schuster, Christopher John Claud


He was the only son of Lord Schuster – Sir Claud Schuster GCB, CVO, KC (G1883-1888), Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor – of 16 Phillimore Gardens, London. His mother, Lady Schuster, was Mabel Elizabeth, daughter of the Reverend William Walter Merry DD, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. He entered Winchester from Mr. Wilkinson’s school near his home in Kensington, became a Commoner Prefect and took a leading part in the Debating Society.

After a course of training with an Officer Cadet Battalion at Oxford, he was gazetted in November 1917 to the Rifle Brigade, and went to the front in April 1918 to join 1st Battalion. He was killed at La Boheme, near Robecq, on August 10th following, aged nineteen. Schuster had led his platoon with great dash through an orchard held by the enemy, and after capturing his objective set the men to digging pits for machine-gun posts. He was shot through the heart whilst supervising them in their work.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Schuster
  • Forenames or initials: Christopher John Claud
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1911-1917
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 13th January 1899
  • Date of Death: 10th August 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: MONT-BERNANCHON BRITISH CEMETERY, GONNEHEM: Grave II.B.13