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Cyril Lloyd Phipps Black (Service no. 45031) was a First World War soldier with links to Sumner

Cyril was born on 28 December 1888, the only son of William Henry and Emilie Phipps Black (nee Chapman). He had one sister, Olive Gwendoline (b. 1891)

Employed as a clerk for his father’s business as a grain merchant, he resided in Sumner. He had received some of his education at Mr Wilson’s Private School, Cranmer Square. A good athlete and keen on military affairs he had been  a member of Christ’s College Rifles, Christchurch Football Club, Pioneer Motorcycling Club and Richmond Hill Golf Club.

Cyril married Wilhelmina Annie Ford at St. Paul's, Papanui, on 1 January 1917.

He was described in his service records as being 5 foot 5 ¼ in. with clear complexion, blue-grey eyes and fair hair. His date of attestation was 16 November 1916 but didn’t commence active service until 1 February 1918, embarking from Wellington on the 8 February aboard the Ulimaroa.

Cyril was killed in action on 30 July 1918, France, and was buried in Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers, Pas-de-Calais, France.

His next of kin listed was W.H.P. Black (father), Imperial Buildings, Cashel Street, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Cyril is remembered on the Sumner War Memorial plaque.


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Cyril Lloyd Phipps Black

First Names:Cyril Lloyd
Last Name:Phipps Black