Cyril Chester was born in 1886. He lived in Armthorpe with his father Charles, who was a post master and gardener at the Mere Lane Post Office. His mother Sarah was also a letter carrier and Cyril worked as an auxiliary postman. Later in his life, Cyril worked as a gardener at Caldecote Hall Gardens in Nuneaton. While Cyril was at the front, his parents moved to tend the gardens of Cantley Hall.
During the First World War, Cyril served in the Gloucesters then the Army Cyclist Corps before being transferred to the 9th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers where he served as a Lance Sergeant. He served through the battles of Loos, Neuve Chapelle, Beaumont Hamel, Gommecourt, Grandcourt and Miraumon. Cyril spent time in England recovering from septic poisoning from November 1916. He returned to the front in September 1917 and one month later was wounded near Passchendaele. Cyril died of these wounds on the 16 November 1917 in the 20 General Hospital, Camiers, France. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
The Doncaster Chronicle described him as ‘a soldier with a stirring record’ and that the ‘pathetic circumstance’ of his death was that ‘his wife helped to nurse him during three weeks of his last illness.’ In March 1918, Cyril’s wife Ethel received his belongings. These consisted of 2 identity discs, letters, photos, 1 pocket book, 1 religious book, 1 wrist watch with a leather guard, 1 whistle and 1 piece of hair.