Cecil Charles Frederick Gledhill

Name

Cecil Charles Frederick Gledhill

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

02/10/1918

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sergeant
850409
Royal Field Artillery
"D" Battery, 298th Brigade

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

VADENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, MAISSEMY
III. C. 11.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial, Christchurch Plaque, now in Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo

Pre War

Born 1st December 1898, in Kennington, to parents Charles, Redmond and Minnie, his baptism record, on 3rd December 1898 shows the family as living at 13 Chancery Street, Lower Edmonton, and his father’s occupation was an electrician. In 1901 Cecil is living with foster parents in West Hanningfield, Essex, by 1911 he had been adopted by William and Clara Farrow and was living with them in Jenningsbury Cottages, Hertford.

Wartime Service

Enlisted at Hertford. His unit, D Battery 298th Brigade RFA, was sent to France in 1917 as part of the 59th (North Midlands) Division. They took part in the attacks on enemy forces as they retreated in the Somme area towards the Hindenburg Line in April. Following this they were taken out of the line for further training until August when they were moved to the Ypres salient. From September they took part in the Third Battle of Ypres, at Menin Road Ridge and Polygon Wood. In October they were moved to the Lens sector where they stayed until the end of 1917. In March 1918 they were in action at St Quentin and Bapaume before moving to Poperinge in the Lys sector, where they suffered heavy casualties. Before moving again, this time to Passchendaele, where they remained until April. After taking heavy losses they were reconstituted and stayed in the Lys area until August when they fought at Albert. Finally, they took part in the final Allied advance in Artois beginning on October 2nd and it was on this day that Cecil was killed.

Additional Information

Medal roll shows a previous service number, 1438, but no brigade reference and does not show him as A/Bombardier but as a Driver. His date of entitlement to the 1915 Star would make him 3 weeks short of his 17th birthday.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins