Cecil Fountain

Census Address: 1 Emlyn Street
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1895
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: Queen’s Royal (West Surrey)
Service Numbers: --
Place of Death: Stamford
Date Died: 1960
1 Emlyn Street, Stamford

Cecil Thomas Fountain

Cecil, born in 1895, was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Fountain,  Thomas was an Iron Merchant and the family lived at 1 Emlyn Street, a substantial house with eight rooms. In 1911 he had four brothers William aged 19, Herbert aged 10, John aged 6 and Ernest aged 2. Cecil enlisted in 1917 with the Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey). He married Hilda Frances Green in 1922.

He was Managing Director of Charles Gray iron founders and died in Stamford in 1960. He left £11,000 and at the time of his death he was living at 9 Emlyn Street.

Godewaersvelde Cemetery

Godewaersvelde Cemetery

William Roy Fountain

William, born in 1892, served with the Royal Field Artillery. He was a Gunner and tragically was killed a few months before the armistice on August 1st 1918. He was buried in the Godewaersvelde cemetery near the Belgian border.

Amendments and Addenda

Cecil and Hilda had no children.

More information about Cecil’s brother, William, another brother who served in the war.
• William (christened Willie) Fountain, was killed on 1 Aug 1918 when a German shell scored a direct hit on a telephone dugout in which he was situated. He is buried at Godewaersvelde Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery - which some of the family visited on the 100th anniversary of his death. Prior to the war he had worked as a traveller for Charles Gray & Co covering Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. He had also been a clarinettist with Stamford Operatic Society. At the time of his death William was engaged and his fiancee married his brother Bert after the war (see Herbert Fountain).
• As well as Cecil and William, Jack and Ernest worked for Charles Gray & Co in their Wharf Road premises. Jack was by the 1960s working as a salesman for them and Ernest, worked in the office.