Biography of Rifleman Cyril Luesby (A/201767)
18th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Formerly M/283225, R.A.S.C

Died 6th August 1917


  • Name: Cyril Luesby
  • Date of birth: 1898
  • Place of Birth: Gosberton, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: July – September 1898
  • Place of Birth Registration: Spalding, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: John Peake Luesby
  • DOB: 1869
  • Place of Birth: Quadring, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Assurance Agent


  • Name: Sarah Ward
  • DOB: 1868
  • Place Of Birth: Gosberton, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1895 Spalding District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Gladys Luesby, 1895, Gosberton
  • Clara Luesby, 1896, Gosberton
  • Ada Luesby, 1896, Gosberton
  • Cyril Luesby, 1898, Gosberton
  • Harold Luesby, 1900, Gosberton
  • Horace Luesby, 1902, Gosberton
  • Emily Luesby, 1904, Gosberton
  • John William Luesby, 1905, Gosberton
  • Dora Luesby, 1908, Gosberton


  • 1901: Cyril is living with his parents in the High Street, Gosberton, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: Cyril is living with his parents at Gosberton, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 12 and he is listed as being at school.
Relatives in services
  • None found


  • No marriage for Cyril has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Boston Guardian Saturday 18h August 1917
    Mr. J. P. Luesby, of Gosberton, on Sunday received a visit from Pte. Arthur George, Queen’s Regiment (son of Mr. F. George, of Spalding), who informed him that his eldest  son, Rifleman Cyril Luesby, King’s Royal Rifles, had been wounded in France. The news came through on Sunday morning in letter from Corpl. S. Sharman, of Spalding, who is a son-in-law of Mr. F. George, the letter stating that he had heard that Rifleman Luesby was wounded and probably on his way to England, but had not been able to ascertain the nature of his wounds. The parents had not heard from their son for about a fortnight.

Military Records

Attestation Papers
  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Rifleman Cyril Luesby, A/201767, 18th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps was killed in action on 6th August 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • None found

Effects Left To

  • Father John P


  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Bourne, Bourne War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Rifleman Cyril Luesby, A/201767, 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps who died on 6 August 1917 Age 19
  • Son of John Peake Luesby and Susan Luesby of 65 West St, Bourne, lincs, Native of Gosberton, Lincs
  • Remembered with honour, Oak Dump Cemetery.

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Bourne


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed


  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.