South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

Cyril Gwyer

Cyril Gwyer was born in London in 1886. He was the son of Charles Gwyer of Eywood Hall, Titley, Herts., and his wife Mary. Cyril was educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford. He married Constance Francis Monckton with whom he had a son, Geoffrey.

At the outbreak of war, Cyril joined the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant. He transferred to the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards in April 1918. According to Peter Hughes: The Fallen, Arras South:

[Cyril Gwyer's] death on 27 August came when he and his men from No. 2 Company emerged from Hally Copse and were met by a hail of machine-gun fire before they could move out into artillery formation. He was killed almost immediately and two of his fellow officers were wounded, one of them the company's commanding officer, Captain Smith.

Lieutenant Gwyer is buried in Morv Abbey Military Cemetery, Morv. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914-15 Star. His brothers-in-law, Francis and Geoffrey Monckton are also commemorated on the Stretton War Memorial.

Cyril Gwyer's son, Geoffrey, was killed in action while serving with the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.