Cyril Dalby

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Service number:
Devonshire Regiment
Date of birth:
22 December 1899
Date of death:
06 November 1918
Age at Death:

Known information

Private Cyril Dalby, the son of Henry and Mabel Dalby of 80, High Street, Exton, was born in the village on 22 December 1899. He was a footman working for the Earl of Lonsdale at Lowther Castle before joining the 1/5th Battalion Devonshire Regiment. He went out to the Western Front in July 1918 at the age of 18. On 6 November 1918 he was hit in the thigh and back by a shell near Le Cheval Blanc. He was taken into a cottage close by and bandaged, but never regained consciousness, and was subsequently taken to the village where he died within half an hour. All the civilians turned out to his funeral when they heard Cyril belonged to the Company that had captured the village early in the morning. A Regimental Sergeant Major and a small party were left behind to bury him and a regimental cross was erected over his grave. An officer wrote: "He was a most willing boy, and never grumbled. I could trust him to do anything, no matter what the conditions were, and he was a great favourite with the platoon." He is buried at Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-au-Bois, grave I.G.14, and is remembered on the war memorial at Exton. Some sources give his name as Cecil rather than Cyril.

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  • Exton Church
  • Exton Internal Memorial
  • Exton Garden of Remembrance RR4
  • Exton Garden of Remembrance RR1
  • Cross Roads Cemetery JS2a
  • Cross Roads Cemetery 2
  • C Dalby JS5a
  • C Dalby JS1a
  • C Dalby JS3a

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2 images The grave of Mr Dalby
By John Stokes on Wednesday 12th November '14 at 12:24pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Laying a cross at Mr Dalby's headstone on 9 October 2016
By John Stokes on Sunday 6th November '16 at 10:38am
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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