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Cyril Wiggins


Cyril Wiggins, Walter Cyril on his birth certificate, was born in Noke, Oxfordshire in 1900 to Frederick Wiggins and Maria Dorrell. He was the twelfth of their fourteen children, twelve of whom were alive in 1911. Frederick Wiggins was an Agricultural Labourer on Upper Farm in Noke, a picturesque village about six miles from Oxford. In the 1901 census one son, fifteen year old Harry, was working as a ‘Teamster on Farm’. By 1911 the family had moved to the nearby village of Oddington where Frederick and two of his sons were working as Farm Labourers.

Cyril enlisted in the Scottish Horse Yeomanry at Guildford and in October 1918 was with the 2/1st Regiment. This was a second-line regiment which had moved to Ireland in April 1918. Returning to England he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th. He did not survive the sinking nor was his body recovered. His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton and on the War Memorial in St Andrew’s Church in Oddington.



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