William Alfred BUSSON
?/01/1887 – 26/08/1914
William A Busson was the eldest of four children of William Edward Busson (farm bailiff) and Elizabeth (nee Batchelor). Birth registered in Q1 1887 in Rugby, Warwickshire and he was baptized 30 January 1887 in the Parish of St Matthew’s, Rugby.
Brothers and sister of William:
Mary Ann Busson was baptised 27 April 1888 in the parish of St Andrew, Rugby, where William Busson lived at 854 Old Station, occupation, an engine cleaner, John Henry was baptised 22 August 1890, in the same parish, the family abode recorded as 15 Little Elborow Street and father had the same occupation. Ernest Charles was baptised, 14 January 1894, in the parish of St Matthew’s, Rugby, abode recorded as Little Elborow Street and father’s occupation, a labourer.
In the 1901 Census, William Alfred was found at an Industrial School, Gem Street, St Mary, Birmingham, aged 14, occupation as tailor.
His Attestation Papers have not been found, presumably in burnt records. Below is William Alfred Busson’s Medal card.
Rank: Private, Service No: 609, Date of Death: 26/08/1914, Age: 29 Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 1st Bn.
An extract from The Rugby Advertiser, 21 October 2014.
“No further news has been received of the three Rugby men , all members of the Royal Warwicks, Pte Geo Goodman, Pte W Busson and Lance Corporal Hancox, who were reported missing after fighting around Ligny on August 26th. The three men were firm friends, the latter two being cousins…..Private Busson is the son of Mr. & Mrs Wm Busson of 30 Sun Street, Rugby, and served for some years with the colours as a reservist. During his sojourn in India he saw some fighting and was awarded the Indian Medal. He was a member of the Brittania club Band in which he played the euphonium. He was very clever with the needle and his parents treasure a number of specimens of his industry at his home. When he was called up he was busily engaged upon a design in silk, and our readers will echo the sentiments of his anxious mother, who, as she exhibited to the gaze of our reporter, remarked “I pray to God that he may one day come home to finish it.”
William’s brothers, John Henry and Ernest Charles also signed up
William Alfred Busson
Remembered with Honour
La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial
In Memory of Private 609, 1st Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died on 26 August 1914 Age 29
Son of William Edward and Elizabeth Busson, of 30, Sun St., Rugby.
Burial Place: Departement de Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France, France
(Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
Birth: unknown Death: Aug. 26, 1914
Note: Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Age: 29.
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, Departement de Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Plot: Final resting place unknown. Name listed on the Memorial.
La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial to the Missing
The La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial commemorates 3,740 officers and men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) who fell at the battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne and the Aisne between the end of August and early October 1914 and have no known graves. The monument is constructed of white Massangis stone and surmounted by a sarcophagus onto which military trophies are laid. At the four corners of the pavement on which the monument stands are stone columns supporting urns which bear the coats of arms of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom. The memorial was designed by George H. Goldsmith, a decorated veteran of the Western Front, and unveiled by Sir William Pulteney, who had commanded the III Corps of the BEF in 1914, on 4 November 1928.
La Ferte-sous-Jouarre is a small town 66 kilometres to the east of Paris, located on the main road (N3) running east from Paris.
The Memorial is situated in a small park on the south-western edge of the town, on the south bank of the River Marne, just off the main road to Paris, The Memorial Register is kept at the Town Hall.
Janine Fearn 19/08/2014.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM