2nd Lieutenant Cecil HURST-BROWN
2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Date of birth: 12 April 1894
Date of death: 26 September 1915
Died of wounds received in action aged 21
Buried Bethune Town Cemetery Plot II J 6
Cecil was born in Bayswater, the middle son of William Hurst-Brown, a stockbroker, and his wife Ethel Mary Dredge Newbury Coles.
He was educated at Westminster School. In 1912 and 1913 he was in the Westminster Eleven, averaging 14.60 and 19.00 in the respective seasons. He was also in the football team for two years. He came up to Christ Church in 1913 and played billiards for the College, the following year. In the autumn of 1914 he went to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.
On 16 December 1914, he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, which he joined in France on 7th June 1915. He died on 26 September 1915, having been wounded the previous day.
His Estate amounted to £497 0s 4d, probate granted to his mother on 24 January 1916.
His younger brother, 2nd Lieutenant Dudley Hurst-Brown, 129th Battery R.F.A was wounded on 13 June 1915, and died two days, later.
A comment on a military website says “He was the second of two brothers killed within three months of each other. It sent my wife’s great grand mother (Ethel - their mother) insane with grief - she spent the rest of her life in and out of mental hospitals - thus two casualties became three - very sad.”