Date of birth: 1899
Date of birth: Southampton
Service No.: G/18468
Regiment / Division: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Battalion: 11th Battalion
Died: 7th June 1917 aged 19 years
Death Location: Belgium
Life before the War
Cyril’s parents were Arthur Osmond and Harietta (Henrietta) Reeves who married in 1878. Arthur was born in Whitewell, Hertfordshire on 27th June 1851, he died on 8th October 1898 Southampton. Harrietta was born on 7th September 1855 Salisbury, Wiltshire and died on 4th March 1906 Shirley, Southampton.
Cyril had 3 brothers, Arthur Athelstane b.6th June 1879 he married 1907 and d.1971, Reginald James b 1887, Osmond Ethelbert b.28th January 1881 and died 1954, he married on 20th June 1908 Alice Haddon, leaving her Probate:
“Martin Osmond Ethelbert of 35 Carlisle Road Shirley Southampton. Probate Winchchester 13 July 1954 to National Provincial Bank Limited and Charles Dudley Thomas decorator. Effects £1569 12s 11d”
He also had 5 sisters Hazel Nellie b.17th November 1882 who married Arthur Fred Dacombe 1908, Hazel died 30th December 1911,Cassanett b.1885 d.1893, Eugenie b.1889,Dorcas b.1891 who married Leonard H Bell in 1916 and Burdett Ernestine b.1893.
By 1901 Harietta was a widow and worked as a Schoolmistress. Arthur was employed as a Boot Saleman’s Assistant, Osmond was working as a Grocer’s Assistant and Reginald an Office Boy.
Harietta had died by 1911 and the children had split up. Arthur, with his sister Eugenie, were at 29 & 30, Burgate Street, Canterbury. Arthur was a widower and had a son Cyril Arthur Athelstane aged 1 year.
Osmond was living with his wife and daughter at 35, Carlisle Road, Southampton, working as a House Furniture Shop Assistant. Dorcas was a nurse, living at 39, Above Bar Street, Southampton. Burdett was a visitor, but living in Wiveliscombe, Somerset with no occupation. Cyril, classed as an Inmate, was a attending School at the Teachers Orphanage, 7, West Hill, Sydenham.
|Birth Place:||Southampton, Hants|
|Death Date:||7 Jun 1917|
|Death Location:||France & Flanders|
|Enlistment Location:||Canterbury, Kent|
|Regiment:||Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)|
|Type of Casualty:||Killed in action|
|Theatre of War:||Western European Theatre|
|Comments:||Formerly 2573, R.E.K.M.R|
Cyril is Remembered with Honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel Reference 45 and 47.
He was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.