Cecil Mein Probyn-Dighton Coxwell-Rogers

Life dates
29 May 1893 - 06 Mar 1953

Born Cecil Mein Probyn Dighton, he changed his name in 1915 on inheriting the mining rights and eventually estate of Richard Hugh Coxwell-Rogers. Richard had died in the fighting at Gallipoli, his previous education having been paid for by Cecil’s parents. Richard’s parents had divorced and Cecil’s parents became his surrogate parents.

Before the First World War he had played the part of Sir James Blount in the 1911 film Richard III.

Whilst serving as Intelligence Officer for the Special Duties Network in the Southwest, he was taken ill and admitted to hospital. The problem was evidently reasonably serious as he left Auxiliary Units and a couple of months later resigned his commission.

Cecil never married and after his death returned the estate to Second Lieutenant Richard Coxwell-Rogers. In the interim, he had converted Rossley Manor on the estate into a Country Club

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Chirnside, Area 17 Intelligence Officer 01 Sep 1943 28 Sep 1943
The Gloucestershire Regiment
Military number

Served with Pembroke Yeomanry, 24th Welsh Division and Machine Gun Corps in First World War. Awarded Military Cross.
25th January 1941 GSO(3) Acting Captain Office of Imperial General Staff
16 January 1943 Transferred to Gloucestershire Regiment from Cheshire Yeomany
4 January 1944 resigns commision on grounds of ill health,

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