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Born: 25th March 1890, Dedham, Essex.
Baptisted: 1st June 1890, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Dedham, Essex. Parents: Cooper & Christine Wilhelmina Fenn.
Died: 4th May 1915; age 25; KiA – while ‘digging in’ on Bellewaarde Lake. No cross was erected as the section was in enemy’s possession.
£4.87c was found on the body.
Residence: 1214, Pleasant Street, Penticton, British Columbia.
Occuaption: Ranching at Penticton.
Enlistment Details: Location: Victoria; Date: 9th November 1914; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 10 ins, fair complexion, blue eyes, & brown hair.
Served 4 years in the Suffolk Yeomanry & the Militia 102nd Regiment (the ‘Rocky Mountain Rangers’ from Kamloops, B.C.). Enlisted in the 30th Battalion – November 1914. Crossed with the first Contingent to England. Posted to the 1st Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Reinforcing Draft 1st January 1915. Sent to the 16th Battalion in an administrative mix-up & then back to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry & joined in the field at St. Eloi, 15th March 1915. Saw action at the Battle of Ypres.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 51154.
Regiment: Canadian Infantry, (Eastern Ontario Regiment), Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr Cooper Fenn, of 96, London Road, Ipswich, and youngest brother of Mr. H.E. Fenn, of Warwick’s Bench, Guildford, Surrey.
1891 ‘Gould House’ Dedham, Essex.
Cecil was a year old and living with his parents & siblings.
Cooper Fenn, 42, a Brewers Traveller & Political Registration Agent – own account, born Ardleigh, Essex.
Christine Wilhelmina Fenn (nee Deane), 32, born Hastington, Derbyshire.
Christine Lilian Fenn, 12, born Dedham, Essex.
Stanley Cooper Fenn, 11, born Dedham.
Edith Marion Fenn, 9, born Dedham.
Percy William Fenn, 8, born Dedham.
Harold Edwin Fenn, 7, born Dedham.
Alice Mary Fenn, 6, born Dedham.
Gertrude Agnes Fenn, 4, born Dedham.
Florence Kate Fenn, 3, born Dedham.
Charles Deane Fenn, 2, born Dedham.
1 general domestic servant.
1901 The Street, Dedham, Essex.
Cecil was 11 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Cooper, 53, a Political Agent & Commercial Traveller.
Harold, 17 a Clerk.
Alice, 16, a Pupil Teacher – School.
Elsie Mabel Fenn, 9, born Dedham.
Lucy Margaret Fenn, 6, born Dedham.
1911 262, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.
Cecil was 21 years old, a Clerk – Brewer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Cooper, 63, a Secretary – Political Association.
Alice, 26, a Governess.
Charles, 22, a Clerk – Merchant.
23 year old Cecil, a Clerk with £60 on his person & his 25 year sister, Florence, a Domestic, with £45 on her person, travelled from the Port of Liverpool on board the S.S. ‘Teutonic’ of the White Star Line (the company received the British Bonus Allowed for Cecil & Florence). Arriving at the Port of Quebec on the 26th April 1913.
Their new home was Penticton, British Columbia. Cecil’s new occupation was Fruit Farming.
Florence was 27 years old when she returned home to 96, London Road, Ipswich travelling on board the ‘Athenia’ of the Donaldson Line from the port of Montreal arriving at the port of Liverpool on the 25th September 1916.
The Memorial Scroll was dispatched on the 10th June 1921, to Cecil’s father, and the Memorial Plaque on the 28th February 1922. His mother, Christine Fenn received the Memorial Cross.
The burial reference for Cecil was sent from Ottawa on the 4th December 1928 to Cooper Fenn, of 96, London Road, Ipswich.
Image and newspaper reported courtesy of Operation: Picture Me.
DAILY COLONIST – 13th May 1915
Private C.F. Fenn, of the Princess Patricias, according to a cable received yesterday, has been killed in action. Private Fenn left here with the reinforcements for the Princess Patricias from the 30th Battalion. He was 24 years of age. A native of Ipswich, Suffolk, Eng., he came to British Columbia about two years ago, and for some time was engaged in ranching at Penticton. Shortly after the formation of the 30th Battalion he was enrolled on its strength and was one of those selected to be sent to the forward last January. He was about three months in training in Victoria. he leaves two relatives here, both sisters, Mrs. Edith Marion Penrose and Miss Florence Fenn, who resides at 1214, Pleasant Street.
Cecil played for St. Mary’s Stoke football team before moving to Ipswich Town. He played from 1907 until 1913, in the position of Outside Right.
The 1912/1913 season had been the best yet for Ipswich Town finishing 4th in the SAL & so nearly reaching the final in the AFA Cup. During this season Cecil had played 20 matches & scored 6 goals, but by the end of this enjoyable season he had decided to bid a farewell to Ipswich Town and his life in England, to try his luck at fruit farming in British Columbia, Canada. Before Cecil left the club he was presented with a gold watch. Among the crowd gathered to wave Cecil off at Ipswich station on Friday, 18th April 1913, was the team Captain, Billy Garnham.
Cecil’s brother Charles Deane Fenn also played for St. Mary’s Stoke football team before moving to Ipswich Town as an Outside Right/Inside Right. Charles played for the club for 5 seasons. His last match was played on Saturday, 2nd March 1912. To mark his service to the club he was presented with a gold watch & chain suitably inscribed. Charles emigrated to India, before returning to Ipswich.
Cecil is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthews Church, Ipswich.
1st PRINCES PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY: