Cyril Bertram Leonard Gill, was born in Poplar in 1891, the youngest of eight children. His father, Daniel, was a commercial dock foreman. In 1911, Cyril’s parents were living at 2 Woodlands Avenue, Wanstead, with his three older sisters. Cyril had enlisted in the Navy and, at the time of the 1911 census, was on board a ship in China. In 1915, Cyril married Elsie Nice, and moved to 34 Mafeking Avenue, Seven Kings. They had one child, Olive Gill, born around 1916.
Cyril reached the rank of Able Seaman in the Navy. On 17th October 1917, he was on board HMS Mary Rose protecting a convoy in the North Sea when he was killed as a direct result of enemy action. His body was not recovered but his name is recorded in the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Research by Redbridge Museum
Commonwealth War Graves Commission