Baly, Cyril James Price Tyson Sugar

Age: 19
Date of birth: 1897

Parents: Price Prichard and Florence Jane Baly
Wife: Single
Address: 33 Jury Street

Occupation: Scholar at Warwick School

Jimmy Baly’s niece writes:
“My uncle Jimmy and family moved to Warwick from Westwood Ho in 1912 following their father’s death (my grandfather), as his grandparents were from an old Warwick family, and most of his father’s sisters still  lived in the town.

They worked together to support Jimmy’s mother (my grandmother) and siblings. Aunt Emma Baly starting the Porridge Pot in Jury Street with his sister Gladys.  Another Aunt, Olive Baly, taught for a while in Warwick School Jnrs.

Jimmy joined up  from Warwick school, having been initially in the Artists Rifles and was transferred to the East Kent Regiment (The Buffs).  He had spent nearly a year at the Front after spending 9 months with his Regiment at Dover.  Following his death as the elder son of the family, my father Jack was forced to leave (Warwick)  School and go out to work (aged 14) to help support his mother and sister.”

The following appeared in the Warwick Advertiser on 23rd September 1916:

Military Service

Rank & Number: Lieutenant, 114153
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Brigade/Division: 16th Brigade, 6th Division
Date of death: Friday, September 15, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battle of Flers-Courcelette
Commemorated/Buried: Thiepval Memorial, Somme
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: Warwick School

Jimmy sent this letter to his Aunt Mary, it was written in pencil with no date or location – it reads:

“Dear Aunt Mary

Thank you so very much for the lovely chocolates you sent me which I enjoyed very much.  We came out of the trenches last night and are going for a month’s rest in France I believe.  We had a very quiet time in the trenches although the Canadians on our right had rather a rough time of it.  We have a lot of new officers with the Battalion so we are over strength with officers just at present.  We are having horrid cold weather, it is pouring with rain but I hope it will clear up in time for our rest.

Love to all, J T Baly “



  • Thanks to Jimmy’s family for all photographs
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwick County Records Office

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