749164 Roy Lester Trussler

Date of Birth: 18 November 1897

Place of Birth: Sherbrooke, Quebec

Residence: 195 Bowen Ave, Sherbrooke, Quebec

Nok: Mr. Oliver Trussler, Sherbrooke, PQ (Father)

Trade: Labourer

Attestation date: 24 May 1916

Previous military service: none

Unit: 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles

Status: survived - died 22 July 1969

Cemetery: Malvern Cemetery, Sherbrooke

Details of Service:

Pte Trussler was transferred to the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles on 30 November 1916, and immediately proceeded to France. On 10 March 1917, Pte Trussler joined "D" Company 5 CMR in the trenches and was inaugurated into battle on 09 April 1917 during the attack on Vimy Ridge. Pte Trussler remained on the line until he was wounded on 07 May 1917 during the Vimy Defenses. Suffering gunshot and shrapnel wounds to his legs and feet, he was invalided to England on 10 May.

Pte Trussler's wounds were difficult to heal and he spent the remainder of 1917 and the first eight months of 1918 recovering in various hospitals in England. On 28 July 1918, Roy Trussler married Edith Alice Rickner of Woolich, England. After a short honeymoon and recovered from wounds, Pte Trussler was taken on strength with 5 CMR on 16 August. Sending his new bride to Canada, Pte Trussler was attached to the 43rd Battalion in France on 26 August. He stayed with the 43rd Bn for 10 days special service and rejoined 5 CMR on 14 September. Pte Trussler remained with 5 CMR for the remainder of the war and saw further action at Arras, Canal du Nord, Cambrai, and the final push to Mons.

Pte Trussler sailed from Liverpool on 08 March 1919 and was demobilized in Montreal on 19 March 1919. Roy Trussler returned to Sherbrooke and worked for Quebec Railways. He and his wife would raise a family of their own having three sons and one daughter. All three sons volunteered and served overseas during WWII. Roy also volunteered but was deemed unfit.

Roy attended the first reunion of the 5 CMR Association 29 September 1934, at the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec. He attended several reunions throughout the years. Due to failing health, the reunion in 1961 was the last Roy would attend.

Roy Trussler passed away on 22 July 1969 at Ste Anne's Hospital, Ste Anne De Bellevue, Quebec. His wife Alice passed away in 1980. They are both buried at Malvern Cemetery, Sherbrooke.