Trouton, Edmund Arthur

Son of Edmund Arthur Trouton of Fern Hill, Kilgobbin, Co Dublin, he came to Winchester from Bilton Grange. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1913 and, volunteering his services as soon as war broke out, was given a commission in 3rd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Early in 1915 he joined 1st Battalion in Gallipoli as a machine gun officer and took part with them in the general assault on 21st August, when the unit suffered very badly. He was subsequently invalided home with dysentery and on his recovery attended a course at the Staff College, Sandhurst, joining 9th Battalion of his regiment in France in the spring of 1916. His Commanding Officer was a Wykehamist, Lieutenant Colonel Ambrose Ricardo D.S.O. (G 1881-1884), later to become a Brigadier General with a C.M.G. and a C.B.E.

On 1st July 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, the 9th Inniskillings were instructed to attack a heavily fortified enemy position at Thiepval, involving an uphill advance towards a strongpoint known as the Schwaban Redoubt. Cyril Falls’ “History of the 36th (Ulster) Division” published by McCaw, Stevenson & Orr in 1922, gives a full account of their progress. “The leading waves, still moving as on parade, reached the German front line trench and moved straight across it. They did not suffer heavily. Hardly were they across, however, when the German barrage fell upon ‘No Man’s Land’, upon the rear companies of the first line battalions, and upon those of the second line.” However, they pressed on and reached their objective but it was at this point that Trouton was last seen, leading his men to the capture of the third enemy line. His body was never found.

He is commemorated on Pier and Face 4D and 5B of the Thiepval Memorial, and in Kilternan Church, Co. Dublin is a fine stained glass window in his memory, installed in 1920. The inscription reads: In Loving Memory of Edmvnd Arthvr Trovton Lieut. R. Innis.Fvs. Killed in Action at Thiepval France, July 1st 1916 Aged 24 Yrs

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Trouton
  • Forenames or initials: Edmund Arthur
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1905-1909
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 27th November 1891
  • Date of Death: 1st July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL