DAILY, Cecil Arthur
(Service number 28864)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 7 July 1893 Place of Birth Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date (1) 28 June 1916; (2) 26 February 1917 Age 22 years; 23 years
Address at Enlistment Temuka
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Mary Jane DAILY (mother), 248 Manchester Street, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 168 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair dark. Very large goitre. Class 2.

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Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
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Date 21 July 1916 Reason Medically unfit.

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Date 20 August 1972 Age 79 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium
Memorial Reference Garden No. 5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Cecil Alfred Daily was born on 7 July 1893 at Temuka, the third son of John Joseph and Mary Jane (née Burton) Daily. He was educated at Temuka Primary School.

C. A Daily registered at Temuka in April 1916. He was a carpenter at Temuka when he enlisted on 28 June 1916 at Trentham, naming his mother as next-of-kin – Mrs Mary Jane Daily, 248 Manchester Street, Christchurch. Cecil was already serving with the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment. He was posted to J Company, 18th Reinforcements, then discharged on 21 July 1916, being medically unfit but good for short service. When his name was drawn in the ballot in February 1917, he enlisted on 26 February 1917 at Timaru.

Cecil married Nita Marie Burton in 1926. He died on 20 August 1972 at Timaru, aged 79. He was cremated at Salisbury Park Crematorium, his ashes interred there with those of Nita who had died in 1970.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [12 September 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [12 September 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [12 September 2021]; Salisbury Park record & plaque image ]12 September 2021]; Timaru Herald, 22 April 1916, 14 February 1917 (Papers Past) [12 September 2021]

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