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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