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Cecil Hoffnung Marks

Born:
17 Kislev 5648 (03 December 1887)
Died:
15 Heshvan 5676 (23 October 1915)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
MAR5258
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
17 Kislev 5648 (03 December 1887)
Place of birth:
London

Death

Date of death:
15 Heshvan 5676 (23 October 1915)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Saint Quentin
Cause of death:
Killed in Action - shot down by a German fighter
Burial place:
St Souplet British Cemetery

Places

Addresses

His home:
5 Cavendish Square, London (1914)
Army Barracks :
Mill Hill Barracks, Bittacy Hill (1911)

Schools

Name:
Eton
Name:
HMS Worcester
Name:
Hewlett and Blondeau Flying School

Other Organisations

Name:
Royal Aero Club
Significance:
One of the first 100 English officers to be qualified as a flyer
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Killed in Action and later enquiry

He had been engaged in an escort and reconnaissance patrol when a German fighter, piloted by Hans-Joachim Buddecke, shot down his BE2c in the vicinity of Saint Quentin. His observer, Lieutenant Will Lawrence, brother of Lawrence of Arabia, perished with him - the first two casualties sustained by the squadron.

The pair were initially buried in the German Soldiers' Cemetery, where they remained until being reburied at St. Souplet British Cemetery after the war. In 1919, a deposition from officials of St. Quentin implied that the two airmen had been murdered. It was alleged that the town clerk, M. Vatin, had illicitly examined their bodies, identifying multiple gunshot wounds and noting that they were covered in mud, which he suggested was indicative of some form of struggle.

(Information from TheyServedWiki)

Family

Siblings

Aston Eric David Marks (male)

Parents

Father: Claude Laurie Marks (male)
Mother: Caroline Hoffnung (female)

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Military Record

Military service:
British Army
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1906
Date discharged/death:
23 October 1915
Rank at discharge/death:
Captain
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Flying Corp
Battalion/unit:
9th Squadron
Regiment:
Royal Flying Corp
Battalion/unit:
13th Squadron
Regiment:
Middlesex Regiment

Roll of Honour

C. H. MARKS, 25 October 1915

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Captain
Date of Death:
23/10/1915
Age:
Regiment / service:
and, Middlesex Regiment
Cemetery:
St. Souplet British Cemetery
Grave reference:
I. H. 33.
Additional information:

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Career Soldier
Date started:
1906
Date left:
23 October 1915
Position:
Lieutenant and Captain
Organisation:
British Army

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