Chailey resident, Reg Philpott remembers that the family used to have a post office and that Cecil Ireland later married “a Bristow” and possibly had a tailor’s business, but next to nothing is known about his war service. Chailey Parish Magazine records in October and November 1914 that Cecil Ireland is serving his King and Country but that is the only mention that he receives.
It is possible that Cecil enlisted at the outbreak of the war but was discharged soon after and never served abroad. Certainly, I have been unable to locate a medal index card for this man at the National Archives.Cecil's brother Claude Foord Ireland, served in the First World War and was killed in action on
12th October 1917.