On this day in 1941, Cecil Sharland (1917-1941) was a sergeant in the Royal Artillery when he died in hospital in London during the Second World War.
Newlywed Cecil was 23 when he died on June 15, 1941 in Woolwich after an operation for goitre (a swelling of the thyroid gland).
He was buried in St Michael’s Churchyard in Milverton, Somerset.
Cecil was the son of Thomas Sharland (1880-1939) and Ethel Mary Moore (1882-1970). Thomas – who served in the Royal Navy before the war – was the son of James Sharland (1839-1907) and Eliza Crook (1843-1923). Eliza was the daughter of Richard Crook (1810- 1883) and Charity Roberts (1818-1883). Charity was the daughter of William Roberts (1779-1848) and Sarah Treble (1784-1861). William was the son of William Roberts (1738-), my great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
Born in 1917 in Somerset, Cecil married Florence Mercy Toms (1922- 2014) in 1941 in Nether Stowey Congregational Church, Somerset.