Lambert, Cecil John Noel

MC. Unit: 103 Battery, 40 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Date of death: 2 September, 1918

Age at death: 21

Place of burial: Bucquoy Road Cemetery, France

‘In brief he stroked the 2nd IV in 1913 and the 1st IV in 1914, 1915, and 1916, and never lost a school race. In 1913 his crew beat Tonbridge and Beaumont, in 1914 Winchester and Cheltenham, in 1915 Winchester and Haileybury, in 1916 Tonbridge, Winchester, Westminster, and Kingston, winning the Thames Public Schools cups. He was elected to Leander Club, an honour hitherto only granted to distinguished ‘Varsity oars and a few competitors in first-class events at Henley. No other schoolboy, apart from a few Etonians and Radleians, had ever won that distinction. His future on the river would have been brilliant. He was killed by a shell on 2 September 1918, while going forward with another officer and three signallers to see whether it was possible to advance his battery over a valley.’ Pauline Magazine