DAGGETT Cedric Hunton Captain M.C.


Situated in the Consecrated/West Section of Jesmond Old Cemetery

Cedric’s citation, inscribed on the side of the family memorial.

Born in 1891 to William Daggett and Evaline Beatrice Harcus. The family were living at 20 Victoria Square, Jesmond in 1891, where William was recorded as being a Solicitor.

The Daggett family memorial.

The 1901 census tells us that Cedric attended a boy’s prep school in Seascale, Cumbria. He also attended Felsted and passed his preliminary examination in Law in 1907. By 1911 the family were living at 86, St. Georges Terrace, Jesmond and Cedric was a Solicitors article clerk. At the start of the war he enlisted and served with the 23rd Northumberland Fusiliers where, after six months, he obtained a commission.

Cedric is seated in the middle of the second row.

On going to the front in April he was gazetted a full Lieutenant in the July and made Captain in September. He received a Military Cross in January, when he retrieved injured men from ‘no-mans’ land. On the 11th February 1917, Cedric headed up a raiding party and, unfortunately, his platoon of 11 men were all killed. Cedric himself  was reported missing on the 12th February 1917. Previously commemorated on the CWGC Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium, his grave has been identified and a rededication ceremony will take place on 19th March 2024 at CWGC’s Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France.