Monday, 25 April 2016

Cyril W. Winterbotham (1887 - 1916) - British Poet

Cyril was born on 27th February 1887 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, one of seven children born to John Botten Winterbotham and his wife Eliza Hunter, nee McLaren.

Cyril was educated at Cheltenham College and Lincoln College, Oxford where he studied law.   

In WW1 he was commissioned into the 1st/5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment.    Posted to the Western France, Cyril was killed on 27th August 1916 in an attack on German positions at Mouquet Farm, Ovillers-la-Boiselle, France.  He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, Picardie, France.

Cyril’s WW1 poetry collection ”Poems” was published in 1916 by Banks & Son, Cheltenham and one of his poems was included in the WW1 Anthology “The Muse in Arms”.

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