[Skip to content]



  • Photo shows Bethune Town Cemetery where Cyril Martin Cassidy is buried. 
Photo courtesy of CWGC
Person Details
Ilford Essex
Cyril was born in 1893 in Ilford and was the son of the late Thomas Cassidy a bank clerk , of Church End, Finchley, London and his wife Mary (nee Simmons) and was one of five children born to the couple. He was educated at the Mercer School in London and then went on the King's College in London and by the 1911 census he is 18 years of age and living with his family at 6 Hawthorns,Regents Park Road,Finchley he is shown on the census as single and a scholar. During his time at King's college he obtained,by open completion a clerkship in the Estates Duty Office at Somerset House
Clerk in the estate Duties office, Somerset House.
17 May 1915
22
62417 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
1st Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
He joined the Artisit Rifles in October 1912 and volunteered for overseas service at the outbreak of the war and left for France with the 1st battalion on 27th October 1914. After passing through the cadet school at Balilluel he was given a temporary commission in the 1st battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps on 23rd April 1915. H was mortally wounded during the advance near Richebourg L'Avou in the battle of Festubert , on the night of 15th - 16th May while leading his platoon over the rampart of a German trench and died in the field hospital at Bethune the following night and was is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France
A comrade who served with him in the Artists Rifles said of him: "He had an extraordinary easy-going manner, always cheerful and ready to laugh if things went wrong. His heart was in the right place." His is also commemorated on the memorial at King's College Chapel.
Remembered on

Photos

  • Photo shows Bethune Town Cemetery where Cyril Martin Cassidy is buried. 
Photo courtesy of CWGC
    Bethune Town Cemetery - Photo shows Bethune Town Cemetery where Cyril Martin Cassidy is buried. Photo courtesy of CWGC