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Lieutenant Cecil Henry Cunnington

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Fellowship details : No.4908, elected 27 March 1912.

Born: 7 June 1889
Died: 26 April 1918, died of wounds after being invalided out of the army.


Cecil Henry Cunnington, born 7 June 1889, was educated first at University College School, then entered University College, London, in 1905, gaining the University Scholarship in Geology in 1907. In 1909 he graduated with a first class honours degree in Geology.  

On 15 November 1910, he was appointed to the staff of the Geological Survey and for the next four years he was engaged in the survey of the South Midlands around the borders of the Warwickshire Coalfield. In his spare time, Cunnington investigated the faunal sequence in the Carboniferous Limestone of South Wales. 

An ardent member of the Officers Training Corps (OTC) before the War, he entered the Army on 24 October 1914, and was attached to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry, 25th Company) when he was sent in 1915 to Gallipoli on special military duty. He served afterwards at the Front in France, and was invalided home. In 1917 he underwent a severe operation, from which he recovered sufficiently to resume his civil duties, but was carried off by a relapse on 26 April 1918, in his 29th year.

Cemetery: Hampstead Cemetery.


  • Strahan, A, T V Holmes, H Dewey, C H Cunnington, W C Simmons, W B R  King & D A Wray, ‘On the thicknesses of strata in the counties of England and Wales exclusive of rocks older than the Permian’, London: HMSO (1916).
  • Barrow, G, W Gibson, T C Cantrill, E E L Dixon, C H Cunnington, T Eastwood, J B Hill & J Pringle, ‘The geology of the country around Lichfield, including the northern parts of the South Staffordshire and Warwickshire Coalfields’, London: HMSO (1919).
  • Eastwood, T, W Gibson, T C Cantrill, T H Whitehead, C H Cunnington & H H Thomas, ‘The geology of the country around Coventry, including an account of the Carboniferous rocks of the Warwickshire Coalfield’, London: HMSO (1923).
  • Obituary, ‘Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society’, vol 75 (1919), Proceedings, pp li-lii.
  • Obituary, “Annual Report 1918”, ‘Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association,’ vol 30 (1919), p95.

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