Rank: Driver 52497
Regiment: Training Depot (Aldershot) Royal Engineers
Died: 3 November 1918
Otterton Memorial Cross
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Cecil Till was born in Otterton on 28 December 1890. He was the third of four children of Edward Till by his second wife, Emma. His father, Edward, a carpenter and wheelwright, also had seven children by his first wife.
The family lived in a cottage next to Spinning Wheel Cottage at Cross Trees. Before enlisting Cecil worked as a groom and gardener.
Cecil Charles Till joined the Royal Engineers in Otterton on 18 September 1914 in the rank of Driver. A copy of his enlistment paper is seen above. He was wounded in France in March 1918, and whilst recovering at a military hospital in Brighton died of influenza and pneumonia. He was the last of the men from Otterton to die in WW1.
In 1917 Cecil had married Alma Payne, the sister of Hubert Payne who is also on the Otterton War Memorial. There were no children, and Alma never remarried. She is buried in the same grave as Cecil in Otterton Churchyard.
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