Cecil Ernest Covill

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Lewisham, Kent, England, United Kingdom

General information

Bank Messenger

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Lance Corporal
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Deptford, Kent, England, United Kingdom
 —  Worcestershire Regiment, 2nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Ypres, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
Plot: III
Row: A
Grave: 14

Distinctions and medals 3

1914-15 Star
Medal — 31/10/1919
British War Medal
Medal — 02/09/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 02/09/1920

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Cecil Ernest Covill was born in 1896. He was the third son of Frederick and Deborah Covill, of Lewisham, Kent. He was employed at the Eastern Bank, before enlisting in August 1914. Cecil served in Flanders and France with the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, part of the 100th brigade, of the 33rd Division.

After having seen action in the Battle of Menin Road Ridge and the Battle of Polygon Wood the 33rd Division moved to northern France, to recuperate from the Battle of Passchendaele. On 16 November 1917 the 2nd Worcestershire moved back to the Ypres Salient. On 29 November Cecil’s Battalion occupied support positions at Seine Farm. The following day the men skirted the Passchendaele Ridge and occupied frontline trenches, immediately east of the ruins of Passchendaele. The situation at the front was pretty quiet, until 2 December, when a minor operation on the Battalion’s left, provoked the German artillery to shell the frontline. The Battalion remained in the line till the night of the 3rd of December, when it was relieved.

Lance Corporal Cecil Ernest Covill was gravely wounded, while his unit held the heights of Passchendaele. The 21-year old was evacuated to Ypres, where he died of his wounds. Cecil was buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery.

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"The Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War", Stacke H.F., Kidderminster, G. T. Cheshire & Sons Ltd., 1929, pg. 300-301.
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Further reference
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The Long, Long Trail
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War Diary Worcestershire Regiment, 2nd Bn.
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