Cecil was born in 1896 and enlisted into the 156th Oxford Heavy Battalion which was part of the Royal Garrison Artillery in High Wycombe. He was the son of William (who died when Cecil was young) and Eliza.
After leaving junior school he became an apprentice wood turner. He had a younger brother and sister and they lived at 9 Van Place in High Wycombe. Van Place was near the old Van Inn on the Oxford Road (somewhere near the Eden Centre).
He attended the School in c1915 and won one of the prizes for turnery. He was killed aged 20 fighting on the Somme on 8th September 1916 and is buried in Albert Communal Cemetery Extension.