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John Benjamin Tustin, born 2nd quarter of 1881 and registered at Swansea.1

Lodger: William Ja? Tustin (Uncle), Labourer at Factory, age 20, born: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Parents: William, (Head), An Engine Fitter at Factory, age 30, born: Swindon, Gloucestershire and Mary Ann Tustin, age 28, born: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Daughter: Mary Ann Elizabeth, age 7. Sons: William John, age 9, Lewis Thomas, age 4 and Charles Samuel, age 2. All four children were born in Port Tennant, Swansea.  Hannah Tustin, (Mother), a Shirt Maker, age 69, born: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. They lived at 8 Shacklefords Row, St. Thomas, Swansea.2

Parents: William, (Head), a Fitter Wagon Worker, age 39 and Mary Anne, age38. Daughters: Eliza Elizabeth, age 6, Hannah, age 4 and Priscilla, age 2. Sons: William John, (unable to read Occupation) age 18, Levi Thomas, a Horse Driver?, age 14 and John Benjamin, age 9. The family only spoke English. All children were born in Swansea, Glamorgan. They lived at 8 Shackleford Row, St. Thomas, Swansea.3  

Parent: Mary A. Tustin, (Head), widow, age 49. Daughters: Eliza, age 17, Hannah, age 15, Priscilla, age 12, Lily, age 10 and Alice age 7. Son: John, a Labourer in Copper Works, single, age 20. All children were born in Swansea, Glamorgan. The whole family spoke only English.  They lived at 8 Shackleford Row St. Thomas, Swansea.4  

Parent: Mary Ann Tustin, (Head), widow, age 59, 12 children born alive and 7 still living. Son: John Benjamin, single, a Copper worker at Cape Copper Company, age 29. They both only spoke English and lived at 8 Crymlin Street, Swansea. Note: Mary signed the document with an X, to signify she could not write.5 

John B. Tustin married a Jones, 2nd quarter of 1914, registered at Swansea, Glamorgan.6  


John Benjamin Tustin, born: Swansea, enlisted at Cardiff as a Private in Welsh Regiment, 13th Battalion. Killed in Action in France and Flanders, on 8th September 1917.7

Son of William and Mary Ann Tustin; husband of Maria Tustin, of 3, George Terrace, Middle Rd., Cwmbwrla, Swansea.  Died: Age 36, Grave Reference:  II. A. 1. Welsh Cemetery (Caesar’s Nose), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.8

Cwmbwrla Soldier Among the Killed. Pte.  J. B. Tustain, 3 George terrace, Middle road, Cwmbwrla. Has been killed in action. He joined up seven months ago, and was sent out to France seven weeks before he got killed.  Before the war he was working at Chas. Calder and Co.’s timber yard, St. Thomas.”9

* “Tustain-John Benjamin.-His Widow wishes to remember the faithfulness of a good husband and father who was killed in Flanders. 8th September 1917 and offers this tribute of love and affection. –Maria Tustain.”10

“TUSTIN.—In loving memory of Pte. J. B. Tustin. Who was killed in action in France September 8th 1917. Lovingly, re- membered by his wife and child. To-say recalls sad memories.”11

Originally joined the Monmouth Regiment, Service Number  228236, later the Welsh Regiment, Service Number 285301. Medals: Victory & British.12

1 England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
2 Wales Census 1881
3 Wales Census 1891
4 Wales Census 1901
5 Wales Census 1911
6 England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915
7 UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
8 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
9 Cambrian Daily Leader 24.09.1917
10 Cambrian Daily Leader 09.09.1918
11 Cambrian Daily Leader 08.09.1919
12British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

* Original type error of Tustain.