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Cecil Charles Ching was born in London, his birth being registered in the September quarter of 1881 by his parents David and Fanny Ching (nee Singleton). David Ching was from Torquay in Devon but was working in London as a journeyman tailor where he met and then married Fanny Singleton on the 30th July 1877 at St. Stephen`s Church in Walworth. The couple went on to have at least eight children including Cecil, the others being;

  • David William (1879)
  • Fanny Lavinia (1879)
  • Herbert Francis (1883)
  • Beatrice Rose (1884)
  • Winifred May (1887)
  • Henry Oliver (1889)
  • Lilian Mary (1896)

The Census of 1891 shows the Ching family resident at 17 Inworth Street in Battersea where Cecil`s father was working as a tailor. By 1901 the family had moved, still in Battersea, but now at 16 Benbury Street however Cecil had moved out of the family home and was `boarding` at 13 Latchmere Street in Battersea where, like his father, he was also now a tailor.

Cecil married Frances Lord on the 26th June 1905 in Wandsworth and three months later a daughter Constance was born. In 1911 Cecil, Frances and daughter Constance were living at 43a Ellerslie Road in Clapham and Cecil was a journeyman tailor.

At the outbreak of war Cecil enlisted joining the Army Service Corps on the 10th August 1914 and was issued with the service number 212. He confirmed that he was a tailor by trade, was married and had no previous military experience. He was just short of 5`5” tall and he weighed 114lbs and was said to have a pale complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. Cecil remained in England serving with the A.S.C. until on the 6th February 1917 he was compulsory transferred to the 72nd Training Battalion. On the 11th April 1917 he was transferred out of the training battalion and into the 76th Reserve Battalion.

Cecil embarked for France on the 26th April 1917 and two weeks later he was posted to the 9th Battalion LNL with his new service number 27829, joining them in the field on the 12th May 1917. The 9th Battalion was part of the 74th Brigade of 25th Division and they had been in France since late September 1915. According to his papers Cecil was wounded on the 7th June 1917 during the Battalion`s involvement in the Battle of Messines.  He had a gun-shot wound to his right shoulder and was later admitted to 32 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux. After recovering he was posted back to the 25th Infantry Base Depot in Etaples on the 28th June 1917 before finally re-joining the 9th Battalion on the 30th July 1917.

At the beginning of September 1917 the 25th Division was sent to Westhoek Ridge and they went into the trenches in front of Glencorse Wood and Stirling Castle, the stay was only a brief one; 

Extract from the Battalion War Diary

7th September 1917

Battalion relieved the 11th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in the line on night 7/8th..

9th September 1917

Relieved by 19th London Regiment.

Sadly, Cecil was killed on the 8th September 1917, it`s possible that his death may have occurred during the Battalion`s relief of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

Cecil was eventually buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, his body having originally been buried elsewhere was exhumed and identified by means of his Identity Disc, and this was later the only personal item returned to his wife.

After the war Frances took receipt of her late husband`s British War and Victory Medals and would also have received his Memorial Plaque and Scroll in recognition of his sacrifice.

Frances Ching had the following words inscribed at the foot of his gravestone;



Rank: Private
Service No: 27829
Date of Death: 08/09/1917
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

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One Response to 27829 PTE. C. C. CHING. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Daniel Davison says:

    Cecil Ching was my great Uncle. I visited his grave several years ago after coming across him during family tree research. Your information has added to my knowledge and I am very grateful. He had two brothers Henry Oliver who was killed in 1914 at Mons, and Herbert who survived the war.

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