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Pte. Frederick Rotheram Cecil, 28th Battalion Artists Rifles’ Officers' Training Corps


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Frederick Rotheram Cecil (1892-1916)


Frederick Rotheram Cecil was the eldest son of Mr. Rotheram Cecil and Mrs. Henrietta Jervis Cecil (née Girling) of Manor House, Dronfield, Derbyshire. Cecil was born in London in 1892, and came to Downing College from the Rectory House school (Steeple Morden, near Royston) in 1912 and was in residence for two years. 


After going down from Cambridge he joined the 28th Battalion (London Regiment) Artists Rifles’ Officers' Training Corps and should have gone out to France in November 1916, but was recorded to have been ‘incapacitated by an attack of influenza, and on 29th October he was given sick leave. On 7th November 1916 Cecil went absent from Roll Call at Hare Hall Camp and was never seen alive again. He was found drowned in the Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, on 21st December 1916, aged 24.


Frederick Rotheram Cecil is remembered with his brother in a stained glass memorial window dedicated by their mother H J Cecil in 1927 at Dronfield (St. John the Baptist) Church and Churchyard. He is also commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.



The Griffin, Michaelmas 1916, p.5

Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 [online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. 

Hawley, Z. The 566 men from Derbyshire's regiment who died on the first day of the Somme. Derbyshire Times, 1 July 2016.

Rejected cadet’s suicide. The Evening News (Portmouth), 23 December 1916, p. 5.


Image: Cecil Window Memorial courtesy of Jenny D & War Memorial Trust (2013).



cecil memorial window.jpg

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