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)