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Captain, 1st/4th Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Killed in action on Wednesday 16th June 1915, age 27.

Remembered on Le Touret Memorial, France, panel 27 and 28.

Former student of chemistry.


 

Cyril was born in the first half of 1888 to Sir Henry F. Hibbert and Lady Marion Phoebe Hibbert. His father was a corn merchant, 1st Baronet and ex-Mayor of Chorley, and MP for Chorley 1913-18. Cyril was educated at Shrewsbury School, leaving in 1905. The Tech registers show that he registered in 1906-07 for a Special Course in Chemistry. He worked for his father.

Cyril was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 1st April 1908 and progressed to become a captain on 26th April 1911. He reached France on 4th May 1915 and died a little over one month later. At 6pm on 15th June ‘C’ company of the battalion took part in an attack at Rue D’Overt, capturing the enemy trenches in just a few minutes. The gains were held until 16th June. Cyril was recorded as one of the casualties of this action. On 22nd June The Manchester Guardian reported that nothing had been seen of Cyril since his unit had been involved in fighting at Festubert the week before and that his father had gone to London to make enquiries. His father was the chairman of the Lancashire Education Committee and at their meeting in October 1915 he stated that felt he was no longer able to continue in post owing to the strain of losing his son and his parliamentary duties.

Cyrils estate was worth £3983 4s. 6d. He is one of only three men out of 26 on the University of Manchester Roll of Honour for June 1915 to not die in Gallipoli.