Cyril Charles SWINDELLS
Rank: Private
Number: 9055
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 14 October 1918
Age: 30
Cemetery: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece

Cyril's inscription on the Bredbury War Memorial records that he served with the 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Whilst he may have been a pre-war member of the local Territorials, it would appear from on-line records at the National Archives that all of his wartime service was with the 2nd Battalion.

He had been born in Romiley, the son of John and Anne Swindells, 29 Bredbury Green and it is certain that he enlisted very soon after war was declared in August 1914.

The 2nd Battalion was a regular army unit and had been serving in India when war broke out. It was recalled to the UK arriving back on Christmas Eve, 1914. It left for France a few days later and it is likely that this is when Cyril went on active service.

In its edition of 30 April 1915, the Stockport Advertiser reported that "Private Cyril Swindells of Bredbury Green, has been wounded in the war, but is now in a convalescent home recovering." It is not possible to be certain when Cyril was injured but the Regimental History notes that only a few days before, on 23 April, "The 2nd Battalion had the very unpleasant role of lying out in the open all day as a reserve to the Suffolk Regiment, suffering losses from fire to which they could not reply."

A few months later, the Battalion was transferred to the Salonika theatre of the war in Greece and spent the rest of its service here. There was stalemate for two years with neither the Allies nor the opposing Bulgarian army having the strength to attack the other. Disease was the big killer here. Only 25% of fatalities were combat related. The rest were mainly due to malaria and the world-wide epidemic of influenza in 1918. It is not known what happened to Cyril, but army records show that he died of natural causes.

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