BOXALL, Charles Gervaise was born on August 31, 1852 in Delves House, Ringmer, Sussex. 2nd son of William Percival Boxall, Justice of the Peace, of Cowfold, Sussex, and Brighton.
Studied at Brighton College. 2nd Lieutenant 1st Sussex Volunteer Artillery, 1873, of which regiment he became Lieutenant.
Colonel Commander 1893, and Honourable Colonel 1896, in succession to the late Sir Julian Goldsmid, in conjunction with whom and the L.B. and South Carolina (United States.) Ry. officials he provided an armoured train capable of tiring heavy artillery in all directions from an ordinary railway line, and frequently successfully demonstrated with it. Cartulary-register 1902; Volunteer Officers' Decoration 1894; invented and organised City Imperial Volunteers; Depot Commandant, 1899; Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel in army, 1900.