Life Before the War
Cecil was born on 24th October 1888 in Shirley Southampton, his parents were Arthur James and Rosa who were married in 1884. His father Arthur was born in 1859, he was employed as a coachman, he died in 1922. His mother Rosa (nee Lester) was born in 1861 she died in 1935, they lived at 74 Pound Street. Shirley.Southampton.
Cecil had 5 brothers Arthur b 1885 – d 1957, Percy b 1887 – d1935, Bertie b1888 – d1945 , Reginald b1891 – d1953 and Ernest b1899 – d1933, he also had 3 sisters Mable b1895 – 1956, Violet b1897 – d1992 and Victoria b1902.
In the census of 1891 and 1901 the family were living at 32 Crown Street. Shirley.Southampton.
In the census of 1911 Cecil was at sea serving in the Royal Navy as a stoker on the Queen Mary it was while the
Queen Mary took part in the Battle of Jutland that she was hit twice by the German Battle Cruiser Defflinger.
The Queen Mary’s magazines exploded causing her to sink, 1,266 officers and men died. Her wreck was discovered in 1991.
Cecil died on 31st May 1916 when the Queen Mary sank and he is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and
the Southampton Cenotaph.
He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British Medal.
Researched by Shaun Connolly 2014.