Cyril Page

Date of birth: 1887 / 1888
Place of birth: Cape Town, South Africa
Service No.: 285005
Rank: Bombardier
Regiment / Division: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 329th Siege Gun Battery
Died: 15th December 1917 aged 29 or 30 years
Death location: Wimereux Communical Cemetery, France

 

Life before the War
Cyril was the fourth of 10 siblings born to James Arthur Page and Louisa Mary Page (nee Lynch).

James was born in Little Bentley, Essex in 1853.  He appears to have spent much of his youth in Essex before travelling overseas in April 1881.  He married Mary in India in the same year and their first child was born in Singapore 23 April 1883.

James joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, as a Sergeant Major, on 11 April 1885.

Cyril’s 9 siblings were:

Florence b. 23.4.1883 in Singapore; d. 28.8.1915 in Southampton. Married Robert Ross-White in St James Church, Shirley on 25.8.1909. They had 2 daughters.
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Arthur b. July 1884 in Singapore; d. 19.8.1916 in Potijze near Arras in France. To read more of Arthur’s story select the link to his name.
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Laura b. 1885 in Singapore; d. unknown but was in Cape Town in 1915.
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Ernest b. 1886 in Durban, South Africa; d. 21.3.1918.  To read more of Ernest’s story select the link to his name.
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Percival Edmund b. 5.11.1889 in Portsmouth; d. 1978 in Southampton.
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Gertrude Lilian b. 9.6.1891 in Omagh; d.22.3.1976 in Southampton. Married Robert Ross-White (her sister’s widower) June 1916 in Southampton. They had one son.
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Gladys Irene b. 1893 in Omagh; d. unknown but living in Southampton in 1918.
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Harold Noel b. June 1896 in Omagh; d. 1942 in Wellington, New South Wales.
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Violet Dorothy b. January 1901 in Southampton; d. July 1901.

 

There are very few records of Cyril’s short life.  It can be assumed he spent his early childhood with the rest of the family, initially living in Portsmouth on their return to the UK in 1889. The whole family then moved to Omagh in Northern Ireland during 1890 / 1891; this would have been because of James’ commission with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who were based in the country during this period.  The 1901 census shows the family living in Mullingar in Co. Westmeath in Eire.

War Service
Records are difficult to trace to ascertain exactly when Cyril joined the Royal Garrison Artillery 329th Siege Battery.  He presumably volunteered in time to be trained before the outbreak of war.

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

Wimereux Communal Cemetery

The movements of his unit are not easy to trace, although the 329th were definitely stationed near the Westhoek Ridge east of Ypres in Belgium on 30th October 1917.

In a strange quirk of fate Cyril, as was his brother Arthur, was a victim of phosgene gas.  The Germans used both phosgene and mustard gas in large volumes, especially in the various battles for the area around Ypres.

Cyril was probably “wounded” in late November 1917 and was transported well behind the Allied lines for medical treatment.  He unfortunately died on 5th December 1917, officially “from his wounds”.  He was buried in Plot 8, Row A, Gp. 10a in Wimereux Communal Cemetery near Boulogne.

His headstone was organised by his mother Mary and poignantly reads……

“ Can man die better than that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Cyril Page headstone

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published.: 1st August 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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