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The career of Captain Cyril Underwood

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15 June 2005

Article from The Accountant, January 4 1919 - The Roll of Honour

We regret to announce the death of Captain Cyril H Underwood who was reported wounded and missing on the 2nd May last, but who it has recently transpired was killed in action on that date. Captain Underwood was 26 years of age and was educated at Chigwell School, Essex, and was subsequently articled to Mr H. L. Williams (Messrs. Williams, Stoker and Worsam, 70 Queen Victoria Street, EC). He joined the Artists Rifles as a private on the 4th September 1914, and received a commission in the 2/17th London Regiment about a year later. He served with his battalion at Tadworth and Winchester and after passing the Hythe course of Musketry with 'distinction' he returned to the Artists as "Musketry Officer". Rejoining the London Regiment he went out to France on the 8th August 1916 subsequently proceeding to Salonika, Egypt, and Palestine. Captain Underwood attended the Senior Officer Course at Helipolis but returned to his battalion late in April, and, while leading his company up a hill against Turks, was killed in action on the 2nd May 1918 at Nimrin, east of the river Jordan, at the foot of the Hills of Moab. Captain Underwood father of Mr CH Underwood, of Deep Dene Buckhurst Hill recieved sympathetic letters from the General Commanding the 60th division and from the Colonel Commanding the 2/17th London Regiment. The former says "I deeply regret the loss of such a fine officer", and the latter, "I deeply deplore the loss of such a brave and capable oficer. He was one of the best the battalion ever had, extremley popular with the officers and men and a true friend"

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