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Second Lieutenant Cyril Stuart Embrey MC MID, 1/6th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Second Lieutenant Cyril Stuart Embrey MC MID, 1st/6th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, was killed in action at Bohain Wood near Aisne in France, during the Hundred Days Offensive.

He was educated at Denstone College in Staffordshire and at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University. It is not clear when he enlisted, but he was born in 1898 and had already begun his university education. He first joined the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery, and was serving with the South Staffordshire Regiment at the time of his death. His Battalion landed at Le Havre in February of 1917, and he saw action on the Western Front, twice being Mentioned in Despatches and also being awarded the Military Cross in June of 1918 “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when on patrol.” He is buried at Fresnoy-le-Grand Communal Cemetery at Aisne.

Cyril, from Stoke-on-Trent, was 20 years old.

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