1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Cecil Warriner

Contributed by: Andy Wilson, on 2008-11-28

Cecil Warriner
First Name Cecil
Surname Warriner
Year of Birth 1887
Year of Death 1915
Regiment Green Howards
Place of Wartime Residence Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire

Cecil's Story

On the picture Sergeant (then Lance Corporal) Warriner, far right, with the territorial army before the war.

This is a transcript of the letter written to my great grandmother Olive informing her of her husband's death.

Machine Gun Section

5th Yorkshire Regiment


Dear Mrs. Warriner,

It is my duty to be the bearer of very, very sad and distressing news.

Two of the Machine Gun Section were killed by the same shell early yesterday morning. Your husband was one of them and a young Scarboro' fellow named Wharton was the other.

They were both killed instantly and suffered no lingering agony before death overtook them.

A proper burial service was read over their graves and they were buried in hallowed ground in a little soldier's cemetery not very far behind the firing line. The little village where they were buried is called CHAPELLE D'ARMENTIERES. Everything possible will be done to preserve their last resting places and keep their memory fresh. The position of their graves will not be forgotten as they are all properly registered.

Sergt. Warriner will be very much missed and his place can never be properly filled for a long time as there is no sergeant in the Battalion has had the same experience of Machine Guns as he has.

His loss will be greatly felt in the Battn. as he had served so long and was so well known and liked.

I grieve for you deeply and also for the little children he leaves behind who will grow up and never know the loving care bestowed on them by such a good father as your husband was and would have been had he lived.

There is this consolation you have that he died as a brave man and an Englishman ought to die in action facing the enemy.

To turn to other matters I have sent all his personal effects including his watch and ring and they will be forwarded to you in due course. Also the pension that you will be due will be forwarded to you with as little delay as possible.

If you do not get either of these will you please let me know and I will make enquiries. Also if there are any further particulars with regard to your husband's death etc. which I have omitted or which you wish to know about, please write and I will do my best to help you and satisfy your enquiries.

Yours in very great sympathy,

G.B.Purvis. Lt.

Machine Gun Officer

Sept. 28th 1915

Lieutenant (later Captain) George Bell Purvis who wrote the above died on 8th June 1917. He was 24.

For my Gran, who never knew her father. She kept this letter all her life.

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