Major Cyril Francis Cattley

© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Cyril Francis Cattley Birth Registration Transcription ©
Cyril Francis Cattley Baptism Certificate ©

Cyril Francis Cattley was born on the 2nd of November 1888 in Marylebone, London to hop merchant Arthur Cyril Cattley and Margaret Eliza Cattley nee Richardson, and was baptised on the 3rd January 1889 at St Martin´s church in Dorking. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Meadowbank in Dorking. Arthur Cyril was a hop merchant.

Cyril Francis Cattley 1891 Census ©

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived with Margaret ´s widowed father Francis Richardson at Meadowbank, near Ranmore Road, in Dorking. Margaret was at home with her sons: Cyril and Gerald Wildman. The household further comprised of a ladymaid, cook, housemaid, parlourmaid and two nurses.

Cyril’s seriously ill father, Arthur, died at the age of 34 on the 21st of September 1895 at Meadowbank. He became ill about 2 years after his marriage in 1887. Prior to his illness Arthur was quite athletic and a good cricketer. His 167 on one occassion for his Leatherhead club was well remembered. In 1889 Arthur and Mr Robert Bovill made a tour to Australia. He was also remembered for his cheerful character. Arthur Cattley was burried on the 25th of September 1895 at the Dorking Municipal Cemetery. He left to his wife Margaret, £3965, 8s and 3d in the Probate.

Margaret re-married Ernest Brooke Sewell, by Licence, on the 31st of January 1898 at St Peters´ church, Cranley Gardens, Kensington and Chelsea. At the time of the marriage Margaret was living at Meadowbank, Dorking and Ernest Brooke at 3 Selwood Terrace in London. Ernest Brooke was working at the stock exchange.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Margaret and Ernest Sewell lived at Meadowbank in Dorking. The household further comprised of their two children Francis and Ivone and a cook, housemaid, nurse, nursemaid and parlourmaid.

Margaret Sewell of Meadowbank, Dorking died on the 10th of February 1908. She left to her second husband Ernest Sewell £30735, 13s and 3d in the Probate.

Cyril Francis attended Eton College and Magdalene College in Oxford.

He left Eton in 1906 and matriculated at Magdalen College in Oxford in 1907.

Cyril Francis was a member of the University Contingent of the Officer´s Training Corps prior to 1915.

Regimental Records of the Officers´ Services read that Cyril Francis passed from the University in 1910 and was part of the 1st Battalion, The Buffs Regiment. He became a Lieutenent in 1911 and Captain in 1912/1913. He passed a Transport Course in 1912.

Cyril Francis Cattley Death Notice © Wisden on the Great War

Cyril Francis was a keen cricketer and in 1910 played in the Oxford Seniors Match. He was a member of the Oxford University Authentics Cricket Team. On the 15th of July 1914 he took part in the Northumberland Club and Ground versus Oxford University Authentics game. The match was drawn.

He was also a fine horseman and was well known in hunting circles and as a steeplechase rider. His successes included the Buffs´ regimental point-to-point in 1913.

In 1914 Cyril Francis Cattley became part of the British Expeditionary Force and mobilised in September 1914.

He disembarked on the 7th of September 1914 to France.

On the 3rd of June 1916 Cyril Francis received the Military Cross and was also mentioned in dispatches.

Cyril Francis Cattley Relinquish Notice ©

On the 27th of April 1916 Captain Cyril Francis Cattley relinquished the rank of Temporary Major.

Cyril Francis Cattley Notice 1917 ©

On the 9th June 1917 Captain Cyril Francis Cattley, M.C. was to become Temporary Major.

Cyril Francis Cattley Death Notice ©

At the time of his death Cyril Francis Cattley was a Temporary Major of the 1st Battalion attached to the 6th Battalion, the Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

Cyril Francis Cattley Death Notice © Birmingham Evening Despatch
Cyril Francis Cattley British Military Lists ©

He was killed in an action on or around the 30th of November 1917 in Cambrai, France.

Cyril Francis Cattley Cambrai Memorial Roll of Honour ©
Cyril Francis Cattley Cambrai Memorial Panel Listing ©

He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France on Panel 3.

He was awarded the British War and Victory medals, the 1914 Star.

Cyril Francis Cattley Soldiers Effects ©
Cyril Francis Cattley Probate Calendar ©

Cyril Francis Cattley of Meadowbank in Dorking left to his stepfather Ernest Brooke Sewell £8321, 1s and 2d in the Probate.

Cattley Family History

Cyril´s father Arthur Cyril Cattley was born on the 17th of November 1861 in the Registration District of Croydon, Surrey to hop merchant Wildman Cattley, born about 1838 in Clapham, Surrey, and Caroline Elizabeth Cattley, born about 1841 in Islington, Hampshire. Wildman Cattley later lived at Oakdene, Holmwood. Arthur Cyril Cattley was baptised on the 17th of January 1862 at St Peter´s church in Croydon. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Brighton Road in Croydon. Wildman Cattley was working as a hop merchant.

Cyril Francis´ mother Margaret Eliza Richardson was born about 1864 in Charlton, Kent to East India Merchant Francis Richardson, born about 1815 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and Agnes C. Richardson, born about 1829.

Arthur Cyril Cattley and Margaret Eliza Richardson married on the 6th of June 1887 in Dorking.

Cyril Francis had a brother: Gerald Wildman born on the 17th of February 1890 in Dorking, Surrey. He was baptised on the 15th of June 1890 at St Martin´s church in Dorking. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Meadowbank and Arthur Cyril was working as a merchant.

In 1908 Cyril Francis´ brother Gerald Wildman Cattley matriculated at Magdalene College in Oxford. He was working as a colonial civil servant. On the 18th of April 1917 he departed on SS Akabo from Liverpool, England to Sekandi-Takaradi, Ghana, Gold Coast. Gerald was part of the Nigerian Land Contingent in West Africa. Gerald died of an illness on the 1st of August 1918 at the Colonial Hospital, Cape Coast, Gold Coast. He left to his stepfather, £12,068, 4s and 9d in the Probate.

Cyril Francis´paternal grandfather Wildman Cattley of 22 Second Avenue, Hove, Sussex died on the 7th of December 1918, and left to Stephen Wildman Cattley esquire and Ernest Brooke Sewell esquire £119,848, 0s and 5d in the Probate.

Born                        Marylebone, London
Lived                       Dorking, Surrey

Son of                    Arthur Cyril and Margaret Eliza Cattley (nee Richardson) of Meadowbank, Dorking

Regiment                 1st Battalion East Kent Regiment, attached 6th Battalion

Date of Death           30th November 1917
Place of Death         France
Cause of Death        Killed in Action

Age                          29

Gallantry                   Military Cross

Memorial                  Cambrai Memorial, France