Cyril Edward Mabey.

Date of birth:                1884PoppyPlace of birth:              Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Date of marriage:        1909
Place of marriage:       Southampton
Rank:                                Wardroom Attendant
Regiment / Division:   Mercantile Marine
Battalion/Ship:            H.M.H.S. “Glenart Castle” (Southampton)
Died:                                 26th February 1918 aged 33 years
Death Location:          At Sea


Life before the War

Cyril’s father was William Henry (aka Henry), who was born in 1851 and baptized on 2nd March 1851 at Newchurch, Isle of Wight. His mother was Harriett nee Dacre born at St. Maurice, Winchester in 1843 she  died in 1920 on the Isle of Wight.

William and Harriet were married in Winchester in 1875. Cyril, as with his siblings, were all born on the Isle of Wight. His siblings were:

Ernest Walter D b.1875, baptised 28th November 1875, married 1903, d.1907
George Henry b.1877, baptised 27th January 1878, d.1932
Francis Arthur b.1880, baptised 4th June 1880, d.1949
Emily Mary Dacre b.1882, baptised 12th March 1883, married 1926 to Edwin J Henley, d.1952. 

In the 1891 census, the family were living in the High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
William was employed as a Wine Merchants Manager and Ernest was working as a Draper’s Assistant.

In  the 1901 census, William had his own business as a Wine Merchant, whilst Francis was a Plumber and Cyril was working as an Apprentice Printer. They were living at 5, Adelaide Terrace, Shanklin.

Cyril married Emily Gertrude in 1909. The marriage index gives her surname as Gable, however, on the Mercantile Marine Memorial, her surname is given as Gatley.
Emily was born in 1880 Greenwich. They had a son Vivian E H born 1910 in Southampton.

In 1911, Cyril with his wife and daughter, were residing at 12, Northumberland Road, Southampton. Cyril was employed by the Union Castle Company working as a Printer Mercantile Marine.

Vivian, who was living at the Homes for Boys, Swanley, Hertfordshire, with other inmates,  all shown as farmers he  sailed from Southampton on 5th November 1926 aged 15. They were going to New Zealand, which was shown as their permanent future residence. Vivian sailed board the “Mataroa”.

He died in New Zealand on 18th June 1982, husband of Grace.

Father’s Business – The London Gazette, May 15, 1896
“Notice is hereby given that the Partnership lately subsisting between us the undersigned William Henry Mabey and Mark Linfield as Wine and Spirit Merchants and House and Estate Agents at No. 2 Adelaide Terrace High Street Shanklin in the Isle of Wight in the county of Hants under the style or firm of W. H. Mabey and Co. was on the 7th Day of May instant dissolved by mutual consent. All debts due and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the undersigned William Henry Mabey who will henceforth carry on the said businesses on his own account under the same style or title. Dated this 7th day of May 1896”

Brother Francis’s National Probate
“Mabey Francis Arthur of 41 Pains Road Southsea Hampshire died 23 December 1949. Probate Winchester 21 February 1950 to Agnes Mary Mabey widow. Effects £1547 3s 9d”


War Service

Mercantile Marine Memorial, Tower Hill, London
“Mabey, Ward Attdt. Cyril Edward. H.M.H.S. “Glenart Castle” (Southampton). Drowned, as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine, 26th Feb., 1918. Age 33. Son of the late Henry and Harriet Mabey; husband of Emily Gertrude Mabey (nee Gatley), of 32, Belgrave Rd., Portswood, Southampton. Born at Shanklin, Isle of Wight”

National Roll of the Great Warcyril maby
“Mabey, C. E., Acting Steward, Merchant Service. He was in the Service at the outbreak of hostilities and
served on board H.M.H.S. “Glenart Castle” in many waters. This vessel was engaged in conveying wounded
home from Alexandri and Salonika, and he lost his life when she was torpedoed on February 26th, 1918.
He was entitled to the General Service and Mercantile Marine War Medals.


Following the death of Cyril, Emily married  Arthur H Knight in 1919 Southampton.


Researched by B/L. 10/2013.



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