CECIL HUBERT CRAY CATTELL

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Summary 

Cecil's regiment was fighting during the 2nd Battle of Ypres in May 15 and Cecil was killed in action in Flanders on the 14th May 1915.

Place and date of birth

1899

Family in Southend

Connection to Southend 

CECIL HUBERT CRAY CATTELL

Story

Cecil Cattell was born in West Ham in 1899 to Henry and Maude Cattell. The family is listed as living by 'Private Means' in the 1911 census at 37 Queen's Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Cecil was their only child.

Cecil Cattell attended Southend High School for Boys and became the youngest soldier in the Essex Yeomanry when he enlisted on 4th August 1914 whilst at the High School, aged 15.

Cecil wrote many letters home, which the family kept and can be seen below. Cecil was a Private in the Household Cavalry And Cavalry Of The Line of the Essex Yeomanry.

Cecil's regiment was fighting during the 2nd Battle of Ypres in May 15 and Cecil was killed in action in Flanders on the 14th May 1915.

Sadly there is no known grave for Cecil Cattell as with many others during the Great War his body was never recovered. Cecil is remembered at the Ypres Meinin Gate Memorial and at the Essex Yeomanry Memorial Plaque, Chelmsford Cathedral.

This information was collected by Edward Baker whilst working on a history of Southend High School Old Boys. Most of the documents have been reproduced by kind permission of the family.

information collected by Edward Baker

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