Obituary: The Late Cecil M. Dyer

Published on 01 July 1915 in Obituaries

T H E L A T E CECIL M. DYER. who was killed in action in Flanders on April 8th, was born at Oxford on January 17th, 1894, and educated at Clifton and at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he had just completed his second year of residence when war broke out. He at once volunteered for the Special Reserve, got a commission in the Rifle Brigade, and went out to France with the 4th Battalion in December. He went through much hard fighting, especially at St. Eloi about the middle of March. He was shot through the head while on duty in the trenches. Mr. Dyer began to take an interest in birds while still a boy, and pursued his observations actively at Clifton. When he went up to Cambridge, where he was working for the Natural Science Tripos, he soon got into touch with other naturalists there, and helped to organize a scheme for recording the nesting-habits of the birds of that part of Cambridgeshire. Mr. A. H. Evans, under whose guidance the scheme was drawn up, describes Mr. Dyer as a very accurate observer, and there is little doubt that had his life been spared he would have made valuable contributions to ornithology. He was elected a member of the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1914. G. A. M.

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