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Person Details

HENRY, Cyril

Memorials

Name: Knowl Hill Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Maidenhead
NIWM Ref: 7891
RBWM Ref: WM161

Person Details

Place of birth: London
Gender: Male
Date of death: 26/09/1915
Place of death: Loos, Pas de Calais, France
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 21
CWGC Ref: 731710
TWGPP Ref: 2506160

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
Rank: Lieutenant

Relatives

Mother Julia HENRY
Father Charles S HENRY

Additional information

There are details about the family on the pages for research about the Worcester Regiment . In 1916 a Cyril Henry Nursery School was founded in Woolwich for children of local munitions workers in the Royal Arsenal. This was funded by Lieutenant Henry’s mother, Lady Julia Henry, who was part of a wealthy and philanthropic New York Jewish family. In 2005 the Nursery was merged with Mulgrave Primary School and moved to new premises. The family were also responsible for setting up the Henry Fellowship, a scheme similar to the Rhodes Scholarship whereby Oxbridge, Yale, Harvard, and Princetown post graduates are able to study on the opposite side of the ‘pond’. This is still running today.
Cyril served as 2nd Lieutenant (on probation), with the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. He was originally with the 4th Battalion (Queen's Own) Hussars. On the 26th Sept. 1915 the battalion attacked a quarry which was about 200 yards west of the communications trench "St. Elie Avenue". Later it was reported that half the battalion had fallen, with 13 officers and more than 300 other ranks had been killed or wounded. At first, Lieut. Cyril Charles Henry was one of those reported wounded as he was missing, but on the 29th September 1915 he was assumed killed in action as his body was never found. He is remembered at the Loos Memorial and at Willesden Jewish Cemetery.
Cyril Charles Henry was the only son of Sir Charles Solomen Henry, Baronet, who lived sometimes at Parkwood Mansion near Knowl Hill. It is shown on maps for around 1910, in the middle of Park Wood, between Warren Row cottages and Holly Cross,. Its now part of Juddmonte Farms. As Cyril did not survive his father, the Parkwood baronetcy ceased. The 1911 summary census for Knowl Hill lists Parkwood Mansion, and names Sir C S Henry as the person in charge of servants. Cyril would have been 11 at this time and may have been a boarder at a school. In the UK Army Register of Soldiers Effects, a Miss Barbara Gordon is given as next of kin. Sir Charles equipped a private home for wounded soldiers in Berkshire, location not confirmed.

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