Cecil George Mills

Rank Rifleman
Service No 1807
Date of Death 18/09/1915
Age 19
Regiment/Service London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) 16th Battalion
Cemetery Hospital Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.


Cecil was born in 1896 at 92, Huntingdon Road, East Finchley. His parents were George Thomson (b.1868) and Alice, nee Bell (b.1867), Mills. His parents were married on 21st June 1893 at All Saints, Tufnell Park, London. Cecil was baptized on 17th May 1897 at All Saints, East Finchley. He had one older sister, Dorothy, who was born in 1894.

At the time of the 1901 Census the family were living in the parish of All Saints, East Finchley and they had one female servant. 

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were living at 61 Claremont Road, Highgate. George’s occupation is listed as a jeweler’s assistant. Dorothy was working as a clerk for a butcher and Cecil was still at school.

Cecil enlisted at Westminster on 1st November 1914. On 16th September 1915, his regiment went into Brigade reserve at Brielen, some 3.5 kms north of Ypres, Belgium. The Regimental history then states that, ‘heavy shelling both with H.E. (High Explosive) and gas made existence very unpleasant’. It would seem that Cecil was a casualty of this as he died of wounds and was buried in a cemetery, next to a casualty clearing station, less than 5 kms from Brielen.