Cecil H Graham

3rd Division Col, Royal Field Artillery
Alfred H Wade

Cecil H Graham was born in Bingley in 1896, and was 15 at the time of the 1911 Census. He is listed in the Census as living at The Cragg, Harden, with his father Robert, mother Grace, brothers John (aged 28), Samuel (aged 25), Robert (aged 20 – also listed on Harden war memorial), Arthur (aged 17) and George (aged 10), and sisters Jane (aged 26), Annie (aged 24), Sarah (aged 22), Elsie (aged 20) and Edith (aged 13). Cecil’s occupation is listed as ‘house painter’s apprentice’.

Cecil became Driver C Graham, 135008, of the 3rd Division Col, Royal Field Artillery, and according to page 3 of the Keighley News on 6th July 1918, he was ‘accidentally killed’ on 21st June 1918, aged 23.

Cecil is commemorated at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery , France.

Medals: British War Medal & British Victory Medal.


Lapugnoy Military Cemetery

The first burials were made in Plot I of the cemetery in September 1915, but it was most heavily used during the Battle of Arras, which began in April 1917.

The dead were brought to the cemetery from casualty clearing stations, chiefly the 18th and the 23rd at Lapugnoy and Lozinghem, but between May and August 1918 the cemetery was used by fighting units.

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery contains 1,324 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 3 being unidentified, and 11 from the Second World War, all dating from May 1940. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Read more about the cemetery on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website.

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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Keighley News Listing

Cecil Graham’s photograph appears on page 3 of the Keighley News from 6th July 1918, under ‘Local Heroes of the War’.  Report appears on same page under ‘Local War Casualties – Bingley and District’.

With thanks to NewsQuest Media Group and the Keighley News.

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