Cecil’s military career was a relatively short one. He enlisted in the Army on the 19th April 1916 at the age of 28 and requested that he be posted to the Grenadier Guards. Following his initial training he was posted to the 2nd Entrenching Battalion of the City of London Royal Fusiliers. He embarked for service in France on the 29th August 1916, arriving in Le Harve the next day. After initial acclimatisation he joined his unit on the 18th September in the Combles sector of the Somme. At this point in the war the Battle of the Somme was well under way and fighting in the area was both bitter and heavy. On the 27th September, just 10 days after his arrival, Cecil was wounded by shellfire and received serious injuries to his left buttock and foot. His wound was serious enough for a decision to be made to remove his left leg. After a long process of recovery he was finally discharged from service in the Army on the 20th June 1917 and received his Silver Wound Badge on the 22nd July 1917. Cecil died from the effects of Pulmonary Tuberculosis on the 29th May 1919 and is buried at St.Nicholas churchyard, Stevenage.