Cecil briefly saw service in the Gallipoli campaign being wounded in May 1915. He was treated in hospital in London, rejoining the Battalion in December. He arrived in France in June 1916, and in May 1917 was promoted to Lieutenant. later that year, he was trained in handling the Lewis machine gun. In March 1918, he was awarded the Military Cross, when, in occupying the village of Hebuterne, he led his company to establish a position to ‘smash an enemy attack with Lewis-gun and rifle fire‘. He ended the war with the rank of Captain.
After the war Cecil returned to Ross and in 1921 married Gladys Steer, an assistant teacher at the Ross School. Cecil received a grant of land in the Carlton area, under the Returned Soldier Settlement Scheme, where he farmed sheep. He died in 1963.
Cecil’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.