Date of birth: c1917
Parents: John and Florence Hall
Address: Lower Cape, Warwick
Occupation: Not known
We have been unable to find out many details regarding Cyril but have found out a little about his family.
In 1911 his father John (b1885) and mother Katherine (b.1883) were living at Nuthurst, Hockley Heath, Nr Birmingham. John was a domestic gardener. At that time, there were three children – Catherine Florence (b.1903), John Edward (b1905) and Lucy Annie (1908-1998). The census shows that Cyril’s parents were originally from Staffordshire but the three siblings had all been born in Lapworth, Warwickshire. It is not known whether there were any further siblings between 1911 and when Cyril was born in 1917.
Cyril left probate to his sister, Lucy Annie, who had married William H Spencer in 1931. They were living at 4 Cross Street, Leamington Spa at the time of Cyril’s death.
Cyril is named on the Yeomanry Memorial in St Mary’s Church and is buried in El Alamein War Cemetery:
Rank & Number: Trooper, 556963
Regiment/Service: Warwickshire Yeomanry
Brigade/Division: B Squadron, 9th Armoured Brigade
Date of death: 2nd November 1942
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt. VI. F. 10.
Commemorated locally at: St Mary's Church
2 extracts from the Warwickshire Yeomanry War Diary of the 2/3 November 1942 – Cyril is listed as missing (believed killed) in the War Diary at that juncture:
Here are ‘B’ Squadron, Warwickshire Yeomanry Tanks at Miteiriya Ridge on 2 November 1942 prior to the commencement of that day’s action:
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
- Special thanks to Philip Wilson of The Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum Trust – for providing all military information and for the photograph of the B Squadron tanks