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Maurice de Tuyll

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Regiment: 10th (Prince of Wales Own) Hussars

Born on 1st November 1888 in London to Baron Carlo (Charles) Frederick, Baron de Tuyll, Baron Horton and Louise Emily. Carlo was a German born Dutch nobleman who came from the venerated Dutch de Tuyll family. He was also an officer in the Royal Gloucester Hussars. They lived, with Maurice’s brother, at Horton House in the village of Chipping Sodbury in Gloucestershire. Charles died on 2nd June 1893 and Louise married Sir Henry Adelbert Fitzroy Somerset, the Marques of Worcester and heir to the Duke of Beaufort on 9th October 1895 and they lived in Badminton House on the Beaufort Estate.

Educated at Pinewood School in Farnborough and then Stubbington House School he went on to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was commissioned in to the 10th (Prince of Wales Own) Royal Hussars, joining them in Rawalpindi on Boxing Day 1908 and subsequently travelling via South Africa to the Cavalry School at Netheravon, where he was an instructor.

On the outbreak of war Maurice re-joined his Regiment at Windmill Hill Camp near Ludgershall and on the 5th October 1914 he sailed from Southampton, landing in Zeebrugge on the 8th October. Maurice was involved in a number of actions over the subsequent months before both sides drew breath and re-organised for a spring offensive, to become known as the Second Battle of Ypres where Maurice was to meet his fate on 13th May 1915. His is now buried in the Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery.

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