Cecil Dobson, Private 290284, 1st/7th Bn. Cheshire Regt.
Killed in action 23rd July 1918 in France, aged 20
Cecil Dobson was born in Macclesfield in 1898, the son of Eliza and William Dobson, a night soil worker. In 1901, three-year-old Cecil was living at 2 Court 4, Crompton Rd, Macclesfield with his parents and brothers Joseph (14), Frederick (11), Frank (8), Arthur (7), William (6) and Ronald (1).
By 1911, the family had moved to 33 Union St, Macclesfield and also included Florence May (8), Lilian (7) and Phoebe (5). Cecil was employed as a silk cord maker for a fancy trimming manufacturer.
Cecil had already served with the local 7th Cheshire Regiment and was mobilised on the outbreak of war. His original service number was 1861; this was later changed to 290284. He was first drafted overseas on 15 February 1915.
Private Cecil Dobson is buried at Raperie British Cemetery, in grave ref. IIIA. D. 4. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Cecil Dobson, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Courier: 17 August 1918