Cyril Leggett was the second of seven children born to Benjamin and Alice Leggett, on 13th December 1886 in Hackney London. His father was a civil servant. The family moved from Hackney to Harpenden and from there to ‘St Keverne‘, Kings Road, Berkhamsted.
Cyril followed his father into the Civil Service as an assistant clerk. He was also a local Sunday School Teacher. Cyril joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves on 21st June 1917 at the age of 28. Following a fall from a hatch ladder while serving on SS Brodvale, Ordinary Seaman Cyril Leggett died on 21st April 1918 at Stanley Hospital in Liverpool. He was 31 years old.