1. Memorial:Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord)II. E. 90.
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour19B GQS

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Family :

Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Daking, of Felsham Grange, Bury St. Edmund's, England. Draper (1913)

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 

Mike: BEAN Arrckland Bti., numbers landed, 281 ; landing delayed of 315; Quinn?s Post, xiii, 321; Walker?s Ridge, 333-4 ; Bloody Aiigle, April 25, 434-5, 438, -4pril 27, 509; intermingled with Australians, 509 ; Pope?s Hill, 598

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

Detail :

12/2987 Private Cyril Daking, "A" Company, 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Auckland Weekly News 20th July, 1916 "DAKING, Private Cyril, who has died of wounds, was one of the principals of House & Daking Ltd, Hamilton, and was born in Suffolk, England, where his parents now reside. He was 31 years of age and with his partner, Mr. F C House, came to NZ 10 years ago. He entered the employ of Smith & Caughey Ltd and after two years he commenced business with Mr. House at Waihi and later at Hamilton and Te Awamutu, managing the branch at the latter place for the past five years. Mr. Daking joined the colours at Hamilton."

His is commemorated for his service on the New Zealand War Graves Project and also on the Auckland Musuem Online Cenotaph..

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Alexandra No. 1188 E.C.New Zealand (North Island)

16th April 1913
16th April 1913
16th April 1913

Joined Alexandra Lodge from "Ponsonby Lo 1621" on 16th April 1913. Records show "Died on active service". Lodge 1621 is Castle Lodge, whereas Ponsoby Lodge is Scottish Constitution and is designated Lodge No. 708 and located at Onehunga, N.Z. A memorial to the men who fell of Ponsonby Lodge No. 708 S.C. records his name with 27 others.

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