Cecil Henry O'Dell
|Street:||11 Sergeant Street|
|Town/Village:||Preston, Lancashire, U.K.|
|Alternative Address:||Mostrim train station, Edgeworthstown;|
Resident at Manulla, Co. Mayo
Resident at Great Brunswick Street, Dublin
|Regiment/Unit:||Lancashire Fusiliers, 11th Battalion / [previously East Lancashire Regiment]|
|Regiment Number:||38422 / |
|Date of Death:||07-06-1917|
|Cause:||Killed in action, Battle of Messines|
|Memorial:||Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Mesen, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium|
Cecil was born in March 1898 in Edgeworthstown, where his father was stationmaster at the train station; the family resided there for two more years before moving to Mayo, and later to Dublin. The family moved to Lancashire after 1911.
Pte O'Dell enlisted in Accrington, Lancashire. Cecil was one of six Longford men who died on the opening day of the Battle of Messines on the 7 June 1917, where the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division fought side-by-side.
Cecil's brother, Frederick, also died in the Great War six weeks earlier. During the war their father, Alfred, worked as a clerk in the HM Munitions Factory in Gretna in Scotland, which was the largest cordite factory in the UK during WW1.
|Parents Names:||Son of Alfred Edward O'Dell and Susan Elizabeth (née Cooke), Longford.|