25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment

Sgt Stanley Vinson RUST

Stanley Vinson RUST was born on the 28th Jan 1889 in St. John's Wood, London. He was baptised on the 26th May 1889 in St. Mary Kilburn. He was the son of Richard Rust, a copper plate engraver, and Sarah Elizabeth (nee Vinson). In the 1911 census Stanley was recorded as an apprentice copper plate engraver.
He served in India & Mesopotamia.

Bio by Cassandra Rust, his granddaughter :-

Stanley was born in in 1889 to Richard and Sarah Rust, his mother died in 1898 and an aunt moved in to help bring him and his brother up. In his mid teens he was sent up to Hull to be apprenticed in the firm Barnby & Rust (joint owned by a relative), that didn't suit him, so he came back to London and became an apprentice engraver of copper and steel plate. According to the front page of his diary he joined the Cyclist Battalion in 1908, left in 1912, rejoining in 1914.
After the war he returned and by 1928 lived in Cheam, Surrey, and did go on to have a successful career in engraving, including working on one of the Pound Notes.
In 1924 he married Ellen known as Nellie, and had sons Richard (1925-2015) and Derek (1930-2019).
During the second world war he served as an air raid warden.

He continued his love of cycling through his live, only stopping around the age of 85!
He died in 1979, at home, 25 Tabor Gardens in Cheam - a house whose number was pleasingly significant to him .

Stanley's photo album of India & Mesopotamia
Diary transcription

Original diary notes

Photos & notes courtesy of Cassandra Rust, granddaughter of Stanley.

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