Marmaduke Cecil Kirby


Private; 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment

Killed in action: 18th September 1918, near Cambrai

Marmaduke Cecil Kirby was born on 24th January 1900 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, to Marmaduke Constable and Harriet Amy Kirby. The family moved from Worksop to Llanishen in 1912, settling at No.2, Wyndham Terrace. Marmaduke’s father worked as a domestic gardener. Prior to the war he worked as a clerk in Cardiff Docks and was also the organist in St Isan’s Church

He enlisted in the army in July 1918 and joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, before being posted to the 2nd Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. He arrived in France just in time for the Hundred Days Offensive, the final push by the Allies that brought an end to the war.

On 14h September 1918, Maramduke’s battalion took part in the Battle of Epehy, attempting to take part of the Hindenburg Line near Cambrai. Marmaduke and his battalion took part in fierce fighting for the village and wood of Honlon and on the 18th September he was killed in action, aged just 18. He was buried at Chapelle Military Cemetery near the village, and his parents ensured his name was also recorded on the memorials inside St Isan’s Church.