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Cyril Whitfield Airey`s parents were Harry Young and Christiana Margaret Airey (nee Whitfield). They were married at the Holy Trinity Church, Southport in 1887. Cyril was born the following year and christened at St. Margaret`s Church, Burnage, Manchester on 13 May, 1888.

By the 1891 Census, Cyril and his parents were living in Pendleton, Salford and his father Harry was employed as a chemist`s assistant. In 1893 another child was born, a daughter they named Christiana Margaret after her mother.

When the 1901 Census was taken the family had relocated again, this time to The Heath Farm, New Mills, Derbyshire. The enumerator has not recorded any occupation for Cyril`s father or his place of birth but alongside his mother`s name it states “living on own means” and born in Bolton. It also records Cyril as being born in Aberdeen, Scotland which he wasn`t but his mother was. (The enumerator seems to have recorded the information on the wrong lines on the Census).

Moving ten years on to the 1911 Census Cyril, his mother, sister and his maternal grandmother Elizabeth Whitfield are now at 18 Glover`s Court, Preston. Cyril`s occupation was a proof reader. His father Harry Young Airey can be found at 65 Tulketh Street, Southport living with Peter and Elizabeth Rimmer and their family. Harry was working as a Manager for the Singer`s Sewing Machine Co. Ltd.

On the 7th September 1914 Cyril (now living at Frenchwood View, 9 Clarendon Street) went to enlist at a recruiting office in Preston. He confirmed he had no previous military experience and that he was unmarried. The Medical Officer recorded his height as 5`7” tall and that he weighed 119lbs. He had a dark complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He was allocated the service number 13222 and posted to “D” Coy 7th Battalion (Preston Pals).

Cyril stated that his occupation was a journalist. The newspaper report below mentions that he worked for a local newspaper which was the Lancashire Daily Post and that he was in charge of the telephone department.

The 7th Battalion remained at home in training until July 1915. Then on the 16th July 1915 three officers and 110 non-commissioned officers and men left for Southampton with the transport. The following day Cyril left for Folkestone with the rest of the battalion ready to cross over to Boulogne. The total strength of the 7th Battalion was 30 Officers and 900 other ranks.

Cyril Whitfield Airey died of wounds on the 6 April, 1916. According to the following newspaper report he was apparently shot through the left lung while on sentry duty.



Sadly just four months after Cyril died his father Harry passed away on 30 August, 1916 at Cross Cottages, Lower Bartle, near Preston. Harry left a will and the probate record says that he was a retired chemist at the time of his death.

The Military Authorities eventually returned some of Cyril`s personal possessions back to his family in Preston, these included:
• 2 letters
• 1 Diary
• 10 photos
• 1 knife with chain
• 1 purse
• 1 metal mirror
• 1 cigarette case
• 1 tin box
• 2 fountain pens
• 1 pencil
• 1 comb
• 1 ink case

Private Cyril Whitfield Airey was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals and is buried with honour at Merville Communal Cemetery, France.

Rank: Private
Service No: 13222
Date of Death: 06/04/1916
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn.

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