Victim of Spanish Flu at the end of World War One
16th December, 1918
St Day Road cemetery, Redruth
Cesil (on other documentation it is spelt 'Cecil' so the different spelling is either a mistake or fits with family practice) is remembered on the family grave here, having died just after the end of the First World War while serving in Salonika, Greece.
Cecil died of Influenza in the 18th Station Field Hospital, aged 23, while a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps. The poor conditions along this front-line are described by Jan Morris in the final volume of her Pax Britannica trilogy, 'Farewell the Trumpets'. Cesil was interred at Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery in Greece.
The 'Spanish Flu' pandemic of 1918 infected up to 500 million people, and killed around 20 million. The story of the epidemic is described in 'Pale Rider' by Laura Spinney: well worth a read.