Cecil was the son of William and Sarah Ryan of Wallangra NSW. He was a twenty seven year old single man working as a Labourer at Delungra when he enlisted at Inverell in April 1918.
He joined the NSW Reinforcement 7 and departed from Australia on the SS Feldmarschall in June 1918. During the voyage to England he contracted measles and was admitted to the ship’s hospital.
He arrived in England in August and was transferred to the 34th Battalion. During January 1919 he was sent to France and attached to the Graves Registration Detachment for four months. After returning to England in August he came back to Australia and was discharged in December 1919.
During the 1930s Cecil had a Crown Lease farm at Delungra for six years, which he eventually relinquished due to ill health. In the 1950s he was living in Inverell where he died in 1955.
Cecil’s name is inscribed on the Inverell, Delungra and Wallangra Honor Rolls and on the new memorial at Anzac Park, Delungra.