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Bonhill, Dumbartonshire
Cecil Walden Olley was born in 1893 at Bonehill, Dumbartonshire and was the son of John Robert Doyley Olley an assurance superintendent and Dorothy Ann Olley née Walden of 11 Bramcote Road, Beeston, Nottingham (later of 9 Laurie Avenue, Hyson Green, Nottingham). His father John was born in 1865 in Wighton, Norfolk and his mother Dorothy Ann Walden was born in 1864 in Northamptonshire. They were married in 1889 at Depwade, Norfolk and went on to have 7 children, sadly five were to die in infancy or early childhood, their remaining surviving child was Bertram Doyley Olley b1897 at Bedford In the 1911 census the family are living at 11 Bramcote Road, Beeston, Nottingham and are shown as John Robert Doyley Olley 46 yrs an assurance superintendent he is living with his wife Dorothy Ann 47 yrs and their children, Cecil Walden Olley 18 yrs a clerk in a printers and Bertram Doyley Olley 14 yrs a scholar. At the time of his death his family were living at 44 Foxhall Road, Nottingham
Educated Mundella School, Meadows, Nottingham. Mundella Magazine, Christmas 1918, ROH: 'Olley, Cecil, Royal Engineers'
24 Oct 1914
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1st Bn Northamptonshire Regiment
Private Cecil Walden Olley (served as Charles Kenneth Vernon Douglas) enlisted at Northampton and served with the 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. He landed in France on 12th September 1914 and died of wounds on 24th October 1914. It seems that his grave was later lost as he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial..
Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 2 December 1914: 'Olley. On October 24th, Cecil Walden son of John and Dorothy Olley, 44, Foxhall-road, Nottingham, age 22. Died of wounds received in action.' His younger brother, Pte. Bertram Dayley Olley, 2/7th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles) was wounded in action, probably on 26th April 1916, during the Easter Rising. Article published 3rd February 1917 in the Nottingham Daily Express :- On recovering from his wounds, he [Bertram Dayley Olley] was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. And it was while serving with “B” Company, 10th Battalion of the regiment that he was reported to be missing, believed killed in action on 18th November 1916. He was later confirmed to be a (wounded) prisoner of war in a casualty list published on 3rd February 1917. Born on 28th November 1896 at Bedford, his home address was 9 Lawrie Avenue, Forest Fields, Nottingham. Above article and information is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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