No.40290, Private, Cyril FLEMING
Aged 19

1st Battalion, Prince of Wales' (North Staffordshire Regiment)
formerly 2nd/5th Battalion
formerly No.M/295629, Motor Transport Army Service Corps
Killed in Action on Sunday, 10th November 1918

Cyril Fleming was born in Barway on 20th June 1898 (Newmarket Q3-1898 3B:527), baptised in Soham on 17th July 1898, son of Robert and Jessie Burrows FLEMING (née HIGH).

1901 census...Aged 2, he was at Board School, Barway (where his mother was Head Mistress), with his father Robert [36] gardener, born Badingham, Suffolk; his mother Jessie Burrows [41] born Cley next the Sea, Norfolk; brothers Bertram James [12] born Chippenham, Percy [10] born Six Mile Bottom; sister Sylvia Jessie Burrows [8] born Soham.

1911 census...Aged 12, he was still at the School House, Barway with his parents; brother Percy (horseman on farm) and sisters Sylvia and Evelyn Maud [8] born Barway.

The pension card for the brothers has the family home still at School House, Barway

His elder brother Percy died in 1917 as a German prisoner of war. see here

He enlisted in Grove Park, Kent (Army Service Corps) in February 1916, having been an apprenticed motor mechanic as Crisswell's Garage, Newmarket.
Whilst with the 2nd 5th Battalion he was wounded and sent back to UK to St George's Hospital, Stockport. Presumably he was transferred to the 1st battalion on returning to the front. Apparently he is the last man from the Newmarket area to be killed in actual action. My thanks to Graeme Clarke on the www.1914-1918 invisionzone.com forum who supplied the next details.
The battalion moving on from Feignes. They captured the village at 9am on the 9th consolidating the high ground east of Mons Maubeuge road at 11.30am. "A" Company were then ordered to hold a line Boussois/Elesmes and were heavily shelled as were the billets, 3 killed. On the 10th the battalion was relieved to billets in Feignes.

His body was originally found at 51.K.33.b.3.5. (see below) with Pte J Allison (1st N.Staffs) and identified by his disc. Moved to Cross Roads Cemetery in March 1920

white cross where he was initially found...orange area where they were holding the line

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Cyril Fleming is buried in Cross Road Cemetery, Fontaine au Bois, France, grave 3:C:3

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