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Cecil Henry O'Dell

Rank: Private
Street: 11 Sergeant Street
Town/Village: Preston, Lancashire
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: England
Alternative Address: Station House, Edgeworthstown;
Census 1901: Resident at Manulla, Co. Mayo
Census 1911: Resident at Great Brunswick Street, Dublin
Regiment/Unit: Lancashire Fusiliers, 11th Battalion / [previously East Lancashire Regiment]
Regiment Number: 38422 / [26976]
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; 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)

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