Captain, 16th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Killed in action 23rd April 1917, age 21.

Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, France.

Unknown relationship to the University.

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Cyril was the second son of Joseph John from Whalley Range, a civil engineer with the Tata Hydro Electrical Company, Bombay India, and Katherine Margaret Hook. Cyril was educated at Blackrock College, Dublin and Salesian College, Battersea. He played with Broughton Park Rugby Football team and was employed at Mather and Platt Ltd.

Commissioned on 25th December 1914, Cyril went to France in August 195, was wounded on the Somme on 1st July 1916 (the youngest officer in his battalion at the time), and returned to France in November of that year. In January 1917 he was promoted to Captain. He died in April 1917. Twelve months later his grandfather, a Serjeant Major, was also killed.

Cyril left effects worth £228 11s 9d to his mother. His Commonwealth War Graves Commission file shows that he was originally recorded as Horn and then Hoon. His headstone is engraved “Our pride, Our love, and our hope. Thy will be done”.

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