Major Cecil Markham Annesley SAMUDA
Somerset Light Infantry attd 13th Royal Fusiliers
Date of birth: 9 September 1878
Date of death: 2 July 1917
Died of wounds received in action aged 39
Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, Extension [Nord] Plot III. D. 147
Cecil Markham Annesley was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the only son of Cecil Samuda, and his wife, Cecile Mary Isabella Markham of Bruern Abbey, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. His grandfather Joseph d’Aguilar Samuda was an engineer and Member of Parliament, his company built iron ships for the Royal Navy.
Cecil was baptised at St. John’s Church, Paddington on 15 October 1878.
He was educated at Eton and came up to Christ Church in 1897.
In April 1900, he obtained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Somerset Light Infantry, served in the South African War (1890-1902), and was promoted Lieutenant in 1903, Captain on 22 December 1909 and Major on 1 September 1915.
He married Phyllis Edith Caulfield-Stoker at St Peter’s Church, Cranley Gardens, London on 22 July 1914.
The following February he went to France and served there, and in Flanders. He was wounded near Messines and died of his wounds on 2 July 1917.
His only child, Cecil Anthony Ward Samuda had been born on 22 June 1917.
He is commemorated on the MCC Memorial.
Probate was granted to his wife on 27 November 1918. He left £3135-14s-11d.