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Surname: SAYER

Forename(s): Cecil Oversby

Place of Birth: Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland

Service No: ---

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Durham Light Infantry

Battalion / Unit: 1/7th Battalion

Division: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

Age: 30

Date of Death: 1915-06-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: A. 67.

CWGC Cemetery: KORTRIJK (ST. JAN) COMMUNAL CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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Cecil Oversby Sayer (born 13 November 1884) was the son of John and Elizabeth Sayer, née Close. Both parents were born at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland.

1891 Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland Census: Main Street - Cecil Oversby Sayer, aged 6 years, born Kirkby Stephen, son of John and Elizabeth Sayer.

1901 Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland Census: Main Street - Cecil O. Sayer, aged 16 years, born Kirkby Stephen, son of John and Elizabeth Sayer.

Cecil was married to Ethel Caroline Edwards in 1910.

1911 Hartley, Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland Census: Cecil Oversby Sayer, aged 26 years, born Kirkby Stephen. [Cecil and his wife, Ethel, were visiting her sister, Hilda Marion and brother-in-law, Blendal Middleton Boyns.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Lt Cecil Oversby Sayer, 7th Durham Light Infantry. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 19 April 1915.

Cecil was a church bell ringer and is commemorated on the Roll of Honour of The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.

Cecil is commemorated on the Kirkby Stephen War Memorial.

Photograph © IWM (HU126219).

Data Source: Craven Herald Article

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Lieutenant Cecil Oversby SAYER

Lieutenant Cecil Oversby SAYER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Durham Light Infantry

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Durham Light Infantry

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

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Surname: SAYER

Forename(s): Cecil Oversley [sic]

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Rank: Lt

Regiment: Durham Light Infantry

Battalion: 7th Battalion (Territorial)

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Died Date: 07/06/15

Died How: Died of wounds

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Notes: (In Ger hands)

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Surname: SAYER

Forename(s): C O

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Durham Light Infantry

Unit: 7th Bn.

Age: 30

Awards:

Died Date: 07/06/1915

Additional Information: Son of John and Elizabeth Sayer; husband of Ethel C. Sayer, of "Wynncote," Oakwood Lane, Roundhay, Leeds. Born at Kirkby Stephen.

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BOND OF SACRIFICE: VOL. 2. A Biographical Record of British Officers who Fell in the Great War

LIEUTENANT CECIL OVERSBY SAYER, 7th BATTN. (TERRIT.) THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY, born at Kirkby Stephen on the 13th November, 1884, was the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Sayer, High Street, Kirkby Stephen. He was one of five brothers serving with the colours.

He had a brilliant career at Appleby Grammar School, and went to Queen’s College, Oxford, with the Hastings, Gunson, and Westmorland Major Exhibitions. He afterwards obtained an important appointment as Mathematical Lecturer at Sunderland Training College, and while there he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in June, 1913. He was an excellent player both at football and cricket, and was an enthusiastic bellringer, and instructed the band at Sunderland Parish Church.

On the outbreak of the Great War Mr. Sayer undertook Imperial Service obligations and in October, 1914, was promoted Lieutenant, proceeding to the front early in 1915. Lieutenant Sayer took part in the severe engagement near Ypres on the 24th May, 1915, and was three times wounded, one of his injuries being a fractured thigh. After lying in a trench for two days he was taken prisoner by the Germans. He wrote home on the 28th May, saying he soon expected to be moved to Germany, but unhappily his wounds proved to be very serious and he died in hospital at Courtrai on the 7th June, 1915. He was buried at Courtrai.

A brother officer wrote of him: “Poor Mr. Sayer’s death was a great loss to the Battalion in general. He was admittedly one of our most capable officers, trusted by the Col. and all ranks, and really loved by those who knew him intimately. He proved his worth at Ypres when we lost our Adjt., Capt. Berne. He then became the Col.’s right-hand man, even though he was not well at the time.”

Lieutenant Sayer married Ethel, daughter of Mr. Thos. H. Edwards, of Dudley, and left a daughter, Sybil Eleanor, born in February, 1914.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1915

SAYER Cecil Oversby of Hartley Kirkby Stephen Westmorland lieutenant in the 7th Durham Light Infantry died 7 June 1915 at Courtrai in Belgium Administration Carlisle 27 September to Ethel Caroline Sayer widow. Effects £493 9s.

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The children of John and Eliza Close

The children of John and Eliza Close

The children of John and Eliza Close, née Early. Lizzie Close was the mother of Cecil Oversby Sayer

From the website: www.CloseAncestry.com - courtesy of Andy Close

Cecil Oversby Sayer with his mother Elizabeth Sayer, née Close

Cecil Oversby Sayer with his mother Elizabeth Sayer, née Close

From the website: www.CloseAncestry.com - courtesy of Andy Close

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30 July 1915

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Lieut. C. O. Sayer, of Kirkby Stephen, of the 7th Durham Light Infantry (T.F.), is unofficially announced in a message received by his relatives to have died in the German Field Hospital at Courtrai, Belgium, 14 miles from Ypres. He was thrice wounded near Ypres on Whit-Monday, one of his injuries being a broken thigh, and taken prisoner after lying wounded in the trench for 48 hours. Information about his death reached Kirkby Stephen on Saturday indirectly from the Central Committee of the German Red Cross Society at Berlin, who stated on a post-card, dated July 7th, and addressed to a person in Switzerland, that his death occurred on June 7th, and that he was buried at Courtrai. Lieut. Sayer leaves a widow and daughter. He was educated at Appleby and Oxford University, and held a scholastic appointment at Sunderland.

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One Response to Cecil Oversby SAYER

  1. Howard E J Smith November 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Newcastle
    Cathedral

    Sunday 7th. June 2015 in 45 minutes tenor 13-1-02

    1260 Plain Bob Minor
    ( 36 singles )

    1 Stephen B. Bell
    2 Joanne Ayre
    3 Peter K. D. Dawson
    4 Richard Grainger
    5 Edmund P. Crowdy
    6 Howard E. J. Smith ( cond )

    Rung to Commemorate the life of Lieutenant Cecil Oversby Sayer who was a ringer at Holy Trinity ( Hendon ) Sunderland. Son of John and Elizabeth Sayer, husband of Ethel C. J. Sayer, of “Wynncote,” Oakwood Lane, Roundhay, Leeds. Born at Kirkby Stephen he joined the 7th Battalion, Durham Light infantry and died of wounds as a prisoner of war 7/6/1915. He is buried in Kortrijk (St.Jan) Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Grave A. 67.

    Cecil Sayer was elected an Honorary Member of the Newcastle Cathedral Guild on 15/4/1915. The Ringing Master delivered a eulogy and gave thanks with prayers. Rung as part of “Ringing to Remember” the Durham & Newcastle Association of Church Bellringers First World War Ringing Commemoration.

    Cecil Oversby Sayer we have remembered you.

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