A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between
A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH - Before, Now & In-Between

Cecil Stedman CLOAKE

Ancestral surnames: 

  • Cloake, Dee, Powter, Wright, Saunders, Ball (by marriage: Vine, Stephens, Squires)
  • see his family tree drawing via www.groupphoto.co.uk/extra Row 4

 

Education: 

  • Mathematical School Rochester
  • Birkbeck College (University of London)

 

Decorations & Campaign Medals:

  • Military Cross (MC) (immediate field award for action at Bazentin-le-Petit on 18th August 1916 – appeared in the London Gazette on 30th September 1916 with citation: “For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He went forward under heavy shell-fire, reorganized two companies which had lost their officers, and by his cool pluck restored the confidence among the men at a critical time.”). He never was invested with his Military Cross – the battalion quartermaster supplied him with the ribbon which he wore, but only eventually received the medal when it was sent in the post, together with a letter from The Secretary of the War Office, on 9th April 1921
  • 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
  • Probably Defence Medal 1939-45?

 

Memorials: 

  • no grave (cremated at Putney Vale Crematorium, Surrey, England, on Monday 15th September 1969 and his ashes scattered there)
  • his name was added to his wife’s grave in Gap Road Cemetery, Wimbledon (Inscription: Dr Cecil Stedman Cloake M.C., 2 March 1894 – 9 September 1969)

  • memorial wooden bench in Holland Gardens, Cottenham Park Road, Wimbledon (Inscription: In memory of Dr C S Cloake 1894-1969)

 

Pages in book (www.groupphoto.co.uk/the-book): 64-68

 

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