Cecil Henry Tyers was the eldest son of Arthur and Sarah Tyers of Glaston and was born there around 1898. Before the war he was a motor engineer and auxiliary postman. He joined the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) on 10 September 1915, and in the following March was transferred to the 14th Battalion Highland Light Infantry. He went out to the Western Front the first week in June 1916, and was killed very soon afterwards. He was in the trenches on the evening of the 21 June, when he was hit by a piece of rock thrown to a great height by a German mine explosion. George Phillips writes: "A youth of somewhat diminutive stature, he stood barely five feet - he was repeatedly rejected for Army Service on this account, but his patriotism was unfailing, and his determination to enlist met with success. He formerly belonged to the Rutland Volunteer Training Corps, and was very well known and much respected." He was just 19 years old. He is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery in northern France. His gravestone is in the section of the cemetery on the other side of a small road, in an extension area, grave IV. B. 22. Cecil is also remembered on Glaston's war memorial.
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