Cecil G. Cherry was born in Kings Cross, London, England on July 11, 1895. At the age of 7 years old he was sent to Canada on the Dominion ship as one of the “Barnardo Home Boys”. He was employed with many families in Ontario and later on worked as a laborer and carpenter.

On January 23, 1915 he filled out his First World War Attestation Paper for Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force in Belleville, Ontario at the age of 19 years old. He fought in the Theatre of War in France and received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He was wounded in September 1916 and sent to Hospital Rouen. His Discharge Certificate was dated May 17, 1919 and he returned to Belleville, Ontario where he lived till his death in 1982.