Garrison Church, in Aden. (This story of the Brecknocks is separately
related in this book¹⁵).
Cyril's death is also commemorated on a family gravestone in the churchyard of St David's Church, Llanfaes, Brecon.
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His father was well known for his work with volunteers and territorials, as well as Brecon Show Secretary and was gazetted Major in April, 1915, having been quartermaster of the battalion before.
Cyril joined the Territorials at the outbreak of war and went with the battalion to Aden in 1915. He was one of 13 Brecknocks to die on this day, all from heat apoplexy during the course of a forced march, battle and retreat. These men, together with other colleagues from the battalion, were commemorated by a brass tablet placed in the
Private Cyril Isaac
1st Brecknock Btn., South Wales Borderers, service no. 2316
Killed in action July 4th, 1915, aged 18
Buried near Aden; Commemorated Heliopolis, Aden
Cyril was the second son of Major William Thomas, and Eleanor Isaac of Castle Farm, Llanfaes, Brecon and was born in Brecon in late 1896, and baptised in St David’s Church in January 1897.
He was a member of the Brecon junior football team and was educated at Mount Street Junior School and the County School, Brecon and after leaving there he worked in a surveyor's office in Newport.