Basil Cuxson

RBS remembers 1914-1918



Basil Cuxson

Bank: Parr’s Bank

Place of work: London Cavendish Square branch

Died: 14 July 1915

Basil Pryce Cuxson was born in Chelsea in 1890, the son of George Austin Pryce Cuxson and his wife Blanche. In 1909 he went to work for Parr's Bank at its Chelsea branch. He transferred to the bank's London Cavendish Square branch two years later.

Soon after the outbreak of the First World War Cuxson joined the 28th (Artists' Rifles) Battalion of the London Regiment, and after a period of training in England went to the Artists' Cadet School at Bailleul, France, to complete his instruction. On 9 June 1915 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). He was killed in action on the Western Front just over a month later, on 14 July 1915. He was 24 years old.

His obituary in the bank's staff magazine noted that 'his good nature and cheerful disposition made him popular among all those who knew him. He took an active interest in artistic metalwork and kindred handicrafts, while his extraordinary collection of walking sticks will long be remembered at Cavendish Square'.

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