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Trousdell, William Hugh Cornwallis, 1879-1915

Gender: Male
Active Dates: 1879 - 1915
Active Area: Africa (continent)
Nigeria (nation)
Europe (continent)
Sierra Leone (nation)
Ghana (nation)
Spain (nation)
Western Area (province)
Freetown (inhabited place)
Western (region)
Canary Islands (autonomous community)
Palmas, Las (province)
Gran Canaria (island)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (inhabited place)
Liberia (nation)
Senegal (nation)
Anambra (state)
Cross River (state)
Abai (state)
Rivers (state)
Akwa-Ibom (state)
Delta (state)
Kogi (state)
Niger (river)
Cross (river)
Grand Kru (county)
Dakar (region)
Goree (island)
Sapele (inhabited place)
Warri (inhabited place)
Dakar (inhabited place)
Calabar (inhabited place)
Ikom (inhabited place)
Bende (inhabited place)
Bonny (inhabited place)
Idah (inhabited place)
Degema (inhabited place)
Opobo (inhabited place)
Asaba (inhabited place)
Aba (inhabited place)
Axim (inhabited place)
Brass (inhabited place)
Onitsha (inhabited place)
Sekondi-Takoradi (inhabited place)
Forcados (inhabited place)
Grand Cess (inhabited place)
Likenesses: Y3043A/50 and 76.
Photographs: See list of photographs
Publications: None found.
Related Entries: None found.
William Trousdell was educated at Carlisle and Queen's College, Oxford, graduating in 1903 after his studies were interrupted by service in the South African War. He was then appointed a clerk in the Colonial Audit Department in 1904. The following year he received an overseas posting and assumed his duties as Assistant Auditor at Calabar, Southern Nigeria, making a journey up the Cross River in November and December. From January to July 1906 he was based at Bonny and returned to England on his first leave abroad immediately after.

Trousdell arrived at Bonny for his second tour of duty early January 1907 going on leave again mid-October of the same year. He returned to Lagos as Acting Local Auditor in February 1908, and was transferred to the Treasury as a Financial Assistant in July 1908. Prior to the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria on January 1 1914, Trousdell was appointed Chief Accountant of the combined Railway Department. While returning from England on leave his ship was torpedoed by a German submarine in St. George's Channel on March 28 1915 and Trousdell perished.
Sources: Simpson, D (ed.) (1966), 'Albums of Southern Nigeria 1905-1907', The Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes, New Series no. 118, p.1-2.
Southern Nigeria and Nigeria Blue Books.
The Southern Nigeria Civil Service List (1907 and 1912).

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