Sapper Cyril Johnson Baines was the son of John and Mary Baines (nee Johnson), of Sydney Villa, South Street, Oakham. He was born in the town on 30 January 1896, the eldest of three brothers, and educated at Oakham School. His mother died when he was five, possibly in childbirth as his youngest brother Edward was born in October 1901 and her death was registered in November. Cyril was working with his father in the building trade when the First World War began. He joined up almost immediately in August and in June 1915 went to Gallipoli with 66th Field Company Royal Engineers. He was killed on 16 August 1915, at Jephson's Post above Anzac Cove, by a shrapnel ball. Cyril was buried nearby at Kiretch Ridge but like so many in Gallipoli, his grave was later lost. He is now remembered on panel 24 of the Helles Memorial, on the war memorial in Oakham and in Oakham School Chapel. His father had remarried in January 1906 to a Florence Lake and the couple had four children, a son, a daughter and twin sons.
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