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09 Jan 1873
Marylebone London
Cecil Wykeham was the second son of Wykeham Hawthorne Lydall and his wife Sarah Eleanora nee Franck (also 'French'). Wykeham Hawthorne Lydell was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in about 1838, the son of John Dodd Lydell. He was a physician surgeon (MRCS 1862 St Mary's). Sarah Eleanora French (sic) was born on 12 May 1847 in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland, the daughter of John Tracy William French (also Franck) and Margaret Eccles. Sarah was baptised on 26 November in Campbeltown. Wykeham Lydall and Sarah Franck (sic) were married at St Stephen, Paddington, Westminster, on 11 May 1870. They had eight children of whom only six survived: Wykeham Tracy b. 9 September 1871 (bap. St Pancras, 25 October 1871), Cecil Wykeham b. 9 January 1873 (bap. St Pancras, 1 May 1873), Rose Eleanor b. December 1875 (bap. Regent Square Camden, 23 February 1876), Edward Wykeham b. June 1877, bap. Regent Square Camden, 17 July 1877), Alice Maud Wykeham b. 15 November 1878 (bap. Regent Square Camden, 6 January 1879) and Ernest Wykeham b. 1882 (O/N/D Pancras, bap. Regent Square Camden, 3 December 1882). In 1881 Wykeham Lydall (42) and his wife Sarah (33) were living at 19 Mecklenburgh Square, London, with their five children, Wykeham (9), Cecil (8), Rose (5), Edward (3) and Alice (2). Wykeham employed four servants, a cook, housemaid, nurse and nursemaid. The couple's sixth child, Ernest, was born the following year in October 1882. Wykeham Hawthorne Lydall died in 1884 (J/A/S St Thomas Devonshire) aged 46. In 1891 his widow Sarah was living in Clifton Bristol with four of her children, Wykeham (19) medical student, Rose (15), Edward (13) and Ernest (8). Sarah employed a general domestic servant. Sarah had returned to London by 1901 when she was living in Fulham with her children Rose (25), Edward (23) a secretary, and Ernest (18) a clerk. In 1901 Cecil (28) was an assistant school master. He was a boarder at 11 Whitehall Road, Woodford, Walthamstow, Essex, in the household of the widowed Matilda Hurrell (40), a seamstress working from home, and her young son, Richard (6). By 1911 his mother, Sarah, was living at 6 Shaftesbury Road, Southsea, Hampshire. Her unmarried daughter, Rose (35) was still living with her. Sarah employed one general domestic servant. At the time of the census her second daughter, Alice, was a hospital nurse and probably living and working at a hospital in Holborn, London, while her son Wykeham was married and living in Wellingborough with his wife's family. Cecil had joined the Royal Navy as a chaplain in 1906 and was serving in HMS Swiftsure in the Mediterranean. Cecil became engaged to Grace Cecilia Clarke in 1914. Grace was the daughter of William Froggatt Clarke, a timber merchant and saw mill owner, and his wife Elise, of Newcastle House, Park Terrace, Nottingham. William and Elise had two daughters, Grace b. 1888 (J/F/M Nottingham) and Mary. Cecil and Grace were to have been married on 5 June 1916. Grace probably married Albert C Hill in 1919 (J/A/S Nottingham). Of Cecil's family: His mother Sarah Eleanor later lived in South Africa; there is a record of an address of 'Haslemere', Hatfield Street, Cape Town, South Africa. There is a passenger ship record that she returned to, or visited, England in 1919 (SS Walmer Castle, Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, from Cape Town, arriving Southampton on 10 June 1919). Sarah's death has not been traced in UK records. Wykeham Tracy qualified as a medical doctor and married Gertrude Watkin at Wellingborough All Hallows, Northamptonshire, in 1899 (A/M/J Wellingborough). In 1911 Wykeham and Gertrude with their daughter, Ella Winifred (5), were living at 72 Park Road, Wellingborough, with Gertrude's parents, Charles Watkin, a retired leather manufacturer, and his wife Elizabeth. Wykeham and Gertrude had had four children of whom only three survived. He died on 20 August 1981; his home was then at Briars Hey, Stechford, Birmingham; his wife Gertrude survived him. Rosa Eleanor never married and probably died in South Africa in 1975. She was executor of Cecil's Will in 1916 but had an appointed attorney suggesting that it was not viable for her to carry out this duty; it is possible, therefore, that she had already moved to South Africa (probably with her mother) by this date. Edward Wykeham has not been traced after 1901. Alice Maud Wykeham trained as a nurse at the Royal Free Hospital, London (registration number 7492), and there is a record that she was living in Nottingham at 50 Mansfield Road between at least 1919 and 1921. Ernest Wykeham married Louisa Annie Cook in 1916 (O/N/D Nottingham) and died on 16 July 1938. He was living at the Hollows, Kimberley, Nottingham. His wife Louisa survived him.
Student at Bradfield College (boarder) and then Worcester College, University of Oxford (2nd cl. Cl. Mods. 1891, BA 3rd cl. Lit. Hum 1896, MA 1903). Taught at Bancroft School, Woodford Green, London, 1898-1905, as assistant schoolmaster then housemaster. Left 1905 and trained for the priesthood (deacon 1905, ordained priest 1906). Curate of St Peter Battersea 1905-1906. Joined RN 1906 as chaplain. Initiated into the Freemasons on 1 February 1908 in the Lodge of St John and St Paul Malta (profession, chaplain).
31 May 1916
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Royal Navy
Cecil joined the Royal Navy as a Church of England chaplain in 1906. He served as chaplain in HMS Minerva (1906-1908) and HMS Swiftsure (October 1908-1912) before being appointed to HMS Lion in 1912. He was serving in the flagship HMS Lion at the Battle of Jutland when he was killed. He was buried at sea and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. HMS Lion was hit by shells fourteen times during the battle and suffered 99 dead and 51 wounded.
He is commemorated on the memorial at Bancroft School, Woodford, London (see article and photograph: www.bancroftians.net). Neither Cecil nor his parents appear to have ever lived in Nottingham. St Thomas' church did not have a war memorial but the vicar kept a list of people connected with the parish whose deaths occurred as a result of the war eg parishioners and members of the congregation who served, patients who died in the military wards in the Nottingham General Hospital, and Cecil is included in this. Cecil's fiancée, Grace Clarke, lived in the parish of St Thomas and this might be how his name came to be added to the list. Also, Cecil's sister Alice is known to have lived in Nottingham around 1918/19 so she may have lived here at the time of his friendship with the Clarke family. Cecil's younger brother, Ernest, was living in Kimberley at the time of his death in 1938 but again it is not known when he came to live in this area. Article published 5th June 1916 in the Nottingham Daily Express :- “CHAPLAIN OF LION KILLED. “To Have Married a Nottingham Lady Today. “News has reached Nottingham that the naval chaplain of H.M.S. Lion, Sir David Beatty's flagship, was killed in the course of Thursday's naval engagement in the North Sea. “The chaplain, the Rev. C. W. Lydall, M.A., who was formerly curate at St. Peter's, Battersea, was engaged to be married to Miss Grace Clark, [sic] daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Clarke, of Newcastle House, Park-terrace, Nottingham, and the wedding was to have taken place in London to-day. [5th June 1916] All the arrangements had been completed and many notable guests had been invited. The wedding was to have been a most fashionable one, for the deceased gentleman was nephew of Viscount French, and was well known both in London and the provinces. “The news to hand is that Mr. Lydall was killed on Thursday. He was in the middle turret with the turret-major at the time, and was killed as the result of a shell. The vessel has returned to port.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Probate: Lydall Cecil Wykeham the reverend Cecil Wykeham of HMS Lion clerk died 31 May 1916 at sea Administration (with Will limited) London 31 August to Ernest Wykeham Lydall brewer attorney of Rose Eleanor Lydall [sister]. Effects £162 7s. 10d. His maternal uncle was Field Marshall Sir John French (John Denton Pinkstone French) commanding BEF 1914-1916.
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