No.267830, Lance Corporal, Cephas MORTLOCK
Aged 40

7th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own)
formerly 3185, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 9th October 1917

Cephas Mortlock was born in 1877 in Denham (4th qtr 1877 Thingoe 4a:529) son of Henry and Mary Ann MORTLOCK ( née WALKER). His mother died 1877 around the birth of Cephas, and his father married Emily RUDDOCK in 1881

1881 census...Aged 3, he was at Denham End with his father Henry MORTLOCK[33] farm labourer born Denham; his step mother Emily [24] born Woolpit; brother Frederick [7] born Denham. His father died in 1884

1891 census...Aged 13, a farm labourer, he was "near The Plough", Denham with his grandparents George and Harriett Clarry. Brother Frederick was an apprentice bootmaker with Elias Backham in Bury St.Edmunds

1901 census...Aged 23, a farm labourer he was in Denham with his widowed grandmother Harriet CLARRY.

He married Cassie Irline MAYES in 1904. She was a patient in Suffolk Asylum from 1910-1911 They had 4 children Lily Irene born 1906, Frederick Charles born 1907, Violet May born 1908, Evelyn Angelina born 1912

1911 census...Aged 33, married, a farm labourer, he was in Denham with his grandmother. He had three children by now and Lily Irene [5] born Denham was with him. His son Frederick [4] was with his grandparents John and Elizabeth MAYES at Castle Cottage, Denham. Violet and her mother have not been found.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds
The battalion started the day at CALGARY GRANGE, and attacked and reached YETTA HOUSES. The going was extremely boggy and enemy resistance strong, the battalion officers mostly became casualties and a total of 106 men were killed, only 8 having identified graves

photo CWGC

Cephas Mortlock is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium panels 42 to 47

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