Topic: Cecil Stuart Kircher

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Cecil Stuart Kircher (Service no. 55510) was a First World War soldier with links to the Waltham area.

Portrait of Cecil Stuart Kircher from Onward : Portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Auckland, New Zealand : Fair Dinkum Publications, 2013-2015.Cecil Stuart Kircher was born 3 March 1897. He was the youngest son of Henry William and Louisa Elizabeth (nee Brightmore) of 20 Opawa Road in Christchurch.

Berfore the war he had been employed as a carpenter with J.W. Jamieson in Christchurch.

Cecil embarked for oversaes service aboard the Ulimaroa, leaving Wellington on July 26th 1917 bound for Plymouth, Devon, England and arrived there on September 24th. On 12 November 1917 he headed to France for active service.

Cecil was killed in action on April 14th, 1918 in Somme in Northern France. He was only 21 years old.

A memorial notice was placed in the Press,14 April 1920 by his family.

His name is on a memorial in Messines Ridge (New Zealand) memorial, Messines Ridge British centre, Belgium, and he is remembered on the Waltham War Memorial Gates.

Cecil was also remembered on the headstone of his grandparent's (William and Sarah Brightmore) grave at the Avonside Cemetery. His father was also buried there in 1921.


Related resources

  • Online cenotaph record for Cecil Kircher. Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Cecil Kircher's military personnel file. Archives New Zealand (Archway)
  • New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007. via Ancestry, Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
  • CASUALTIES.,Star, Issue 12314, 10 May 1918
  • ROLL OF HONOUR.,Press, Volume LVI, Issue 16808, 14 April 1920
  • IN MEMORIAM.,Press, Volume LVII, Issue 17119, 14 April 1921


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Cecil Stuart Kircher

First Names:Cecil Stuart
Last Name:Kircher
Place of Birth:Christchurch