BASIL LANCELOT CUMPSTON March 16, 1893 May 10, 1917
Second Lieutenant, Border Regiment.
Son of Basil Arthur Cumpston; b. Wapella,Sask.; ed. Weston P.S. and H.S., Upper Canada College; u.c.c. Scholar, Trinity College, 1911-15, B.A. (Mod. Hist.); c.o.x.c.
In May 1915 he enlisted in the 2nd Universities Company, P.P.C.L.I., and went overseas as Lance-Corporal the next month. He reached France in August and served in the battalion for a time till he returned to England to train for a commission in the Imperial Army. Being appointed to the 2nd Border Regiment, he returned to France in May 1916. On June 28th he was wounded at the Somme. On May 9th, 1917, near Bullecourt, he was reporting to his Commanding Officer the result of a reconnaissance, which he had made as Battalion Intelligence Officer, when a shell struck Headquarters and wounded all the Staff. The next morning he died of his injuries. Buried at Achiet- le-Grand.
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