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Cecil Brown Constable

John Cecil Brown Constable (known as Cecil), brother of Mela Brown Constable, enlisted in September 1914 with the London Regiment (London Scottish), a territorial force. 

In a letter of 3rd September 1914, Mela wrote to her fiancée, Cyril Sladden:  “Cecil is in the London Scottish.  I wonder how he’ll look in kilts!  Bar thinks he’ll feel rather cold at first – it’s lucky it is summer.  This regiment and George’s are rivals so he’ll tease me worse than ever now about the Scotch.”  In a letter of 12th March 1915 Mela wrote:  “Uncle Harry sent me a photo of Cecil.  He looks awfully well in his regimentals, his expression is somewhat sternly sad although he is smiling.  I suppose it is owing to all he has been through.”

Cecil was killed in action on 1st July 1916.

© The Sladden family descendants and by kind permission of the Imperial War Museum (reference 60/98/3)