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Cyril H B Dibley was born in April 1890 in Newbury, Berkshire.

dibleycIn 1891 he was living in Slough, Buckinghamshire, and by 1901 the family had moved to Strood, Kent.

Cyril joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in Dover in December 1907 and was posted to the ‘Depot’. He was 18 years old and still living at home at 3 Sea View Square, Herne Bay, Kent. His father was Charles Henrie Dibley, he had one brother and one sister. His service number was 9139.

On 21 March 1908 he was posted in the 1st Battalion.

Cyril was promoted to LCpl on 15 July 1908, but was demoted three months later for not complying with an order, and making an inappropriate reply to Cpl Mayor.

Cyril earned his first good conduct badge on 24 October 1910, his second followed on 02 December 1912.

Cyril was again promoted to LCpl (unpaid) on 18 July 1911, this was made into LCpl (paid) on 01 August 1911. Cyrils’ next promotion to Cpl happened on 07 August 1914.

Served in France for 33 days (20 August – 22 September 1914  qualifying him for 14 Star. He unfortunately sustained a gunshot wound to his right hand and abdomen thus forcing him to return to the UK.

On 31 November 1914 he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, being promoted to Sergeant the following January.

Having by now returned to 1st Battalion on the western front, on 05 August 1916 Cyril was promoted to Acting C.S.M of B Coy. He reverted to Sergeant on transfer to England later that month.

Cyril took leave 13-22nd Dec 1916, his address being 79 Whately Road, Dulwich. London. During this leave he got married to Violet Martha Bates on 14th, at Southampton Parish Church. Following his leave he was posted back to the 3rd Battalion.

Cyril commissioned in June 1917.

Serjt. Cyril Herbert Bates Dibley to be
2nd Lt. 2nd June 1917.

Commissioned 18/02/1918, 2 Lt.

10 JUNE, 1918.
2nd Lt. C. H. B. Dibley to take rank and
precedence in the regiment and in the Army
as if his appointment as 2nd Lt. bore date
2nd Aug. 1917.

After the war, Cyril remained with the Loyal Regiment, serving another decade.

26 NOVEMBER, 1929
Loyal R.—Lt. C. H. B. Dibley retires on ret.
pay. 27th Nov. 1929

Cyril remained in the reserves until the outbreak of WW2 where he was not recalled due to his age.

5 JANUARY, 1940
Loyal R.
Lt. C. H. B. Dibley (20269) having
attained the age limit of liability to recall
ceases to belong to the Res. of Off. 2nd Nov.

Cyril Herbert Bates Dibley died in March 1967 in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. He was 76 years old.

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