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Forename(s): Cyrus

Place of Birth: Silsden, Yorkshire

Service No: 21/35

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 6th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-03-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 4.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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Cyrus Cockshott (born 26 December 1882) was the son of Samuel Wilcock and Sarah Jane Cockshott, née Harrison. Samuel was born at Crossmoor, Silsden and Sarah at Carleton-in-Craven, Yorkshire. Cyrus was the cousin of Private Wright Cockshott (7063) (q.v.).

1891 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 9, James Square - Cyrus Cockshott, aged 8 years, born Silsden, son of Saml Wilcock and Sarah Jane Cockshott.

1901 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 39, Whitley Head - Cyrus Cockshott, aged 18 years, born Silsden, Yorkshire, son of Samuel W. and Sarah J. Cockshott.

Cyrus was married to Christiana Greenwood in 1907. Cyrus and Christiana seem to have been living apart prior to the Great War. She married Samuel Sugden in 1919. In 1939 Samuel, Christiana and his step-daughter, Ethel Cockshott, later Robertson and one other (name redacted), lived at Stream Head, Thornton, near Bradford, Yorkshire.

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 1, Seed Hill Terrace - Cyrus Cockshott, aged 28 years, born Silsden, Yorkshire (married), son of Samuel Wilcock and Sarah Jane Cockshott.

The British Army Service Record for Cyrus (Service No. 26239) exists but may be incomplete. Cyrus served in the army before the Great War. He joined the 102nd Battery Royal Field Artillery, 25 August 1902 and was discharged: ‘Not being likely to become an efficient soldier' 14 November 1902. At the time of attesting he was a serving member of the 3rd (Volunteer) Battalion West Riding Regiment.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Cyrus Cockshott, 21/35, W. York. R. K. in A. 21.3.18.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Cyrus Cockshott, 21/35, 21st W. Yks.; 1st W. Yks. Killed in Action 21.3.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Cyrus Cockshott, 21/35, 1st Bn W. Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 21.3.18. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Sarah Jane. £22 0s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for Cyrus not found.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

COCKSHOTT, Cyrus, aged 37, West Riding Regiment, Seed Hill Terrace, [Steeton], killed in action 1917.


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Private Cyrus COCKSHOTT

Private Cyrus COCKSHOTT

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

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Forename(s): Cyrus

Born: Silsden, Yorks

Residence: Keighley

Enlisted: Halifax

Number: 21/35

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 21/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Cyrus

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 21/35

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 1st Bn.



Died Date: 21/03/1918

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Marriage Register of St Mary’s Church, Eastwood, Keighley, Yorkshire

Marriage Register of St Mary’s Church, Eastwood, Keighley, Yorkshire

Entry for the marriage of Cyrus Cockshott to Christiana Greenwood, 27 July 1907

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05 April 1918


Mrs. Wilcox Cockshott, Seed Hill Terrace, Steeton, received the sad news on Wednesday morning that her eldest son, Private Cyrus Cockshott, West Ridings, had been killed on the Western Front. The deceased soldier was previously in the Army and rejoined 2½ years ago and was home on leave several months ago. Mrs. Cockshott youngest son, Charles, is also with the Forces operating on the Western Front

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05 April 1918

COCKSHOTT – Killed in action, Pte. Cyrus Cockshott, West Riding Regiment, son of Mrs. Wilcock Cockshott, of Seed Hill Terrace, Steeton, aged 37.

05 April 1918


Steeton Soldiers Killed and Wounded

Official word was received by Mrs. Wilcock Cockshott, Seed Hill Terrace, Steeton, on Wednesday morning, that her son, Pte. Cyrus Coockshott, West Riding Regiment, had been killed. A second-lieutenant of the Regiment stated in the letter received that Pte. Cockshott was well respected by his comrades. He was in the first line trench when the enemy made their attack, and along with his comrades fought heroically to stem the onrush of the Huns. He was wounded on the 21st of March, and survived until the following day. Pte. Cockshott, who was 37 year of age, was an old soldier, and rejoined the army in October, 1915, and was drafted out to France in June, 1916. He had his first leave last Christmas, and returned to France on his birthday, which was last Boxing Day. Previous to joining the army he was employed by Messrs. Sugden, Keighley, and Co., Ltd., Keighley.

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