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Lieutenant, 8th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Died of wounds 30th May 1917, age 25.

Buried in St. Souplet British Cemetery.

Former student of science.


 

Cyrus, born in 1891, was the son of John Henry & Harriet ElizabethEller of Dukinfield. His father was a mule spinner and his mother a schoolmistress. He was educated at Ashton Under Lyne Secondary School and came to Manchester University in 1910. He obtained his BSc. in 1914. He married Gladys on 28th November 1916.

Cyrus was a member of the University Officer Training Corps from November 1910 until he was gazetted to the Manchester Regiment in March 1915. He served in Gallipoli, where he was promoted in December 1916 to Lieutenant for his daring work as a grenade officer. After the evacuation from the Gallipoli Peninsula he served in Egypt and the Sinai Desert where he was commended for “gallantry in picking up a live grenade which had fallen from the catapult and throwing it in the only safe direction, thus saving the lives of all his men”. Having transferred to France Cyrus was out on patrol near Havrincourt on 29th May 1917 when they were ambushed by the Germans. Telling his men to scatter while he drew the fire of the enemy he was wounded and captured. He was later confirmed to have died while being moved to a German field hospital. He left effects worth £169 8s 7d to James Edwin Eller, an engineer.