Cyril lived with his parents, Joseph & Annie, and sister Christina at Woodfield Road, Cheadle Hulme. The family originated from Sale but had come to live in the area by the time the 1901 Census was taken and was living at 19 Gill Bent Road. After the war, his parents moved to St Mary's Road, Port Erin, Isle of Man. Cyril was related, through, his mother's family, to Francis Lansdown, also remembered on the Memorial
He was a member of the Congregational Church and sang in the choir. He also played for the Cheadle Hulme Lacrosse Club and, like many of his fellow sportsmen, enlisted in Manchester at the end of August 1914 into the Territorial Battalion. An account of their training and early months of service in Egypt is here. On 6 May 1915, Cyril landed at Gallipoli ready to go into action. An account of his final month is here.
A friend reported to the family that he thought Cyril had only been wounded, but, clearly, the wounds proved to be more serious. Like many of the Manchesters killed in this attack, Cyril's body was never recovered and identified. In most cases this is because it was simply too dangerous to leave the trenches to bring in the bodies.