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Serjeant 15975, 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

Killed in action 4th July 1916, age 22.

Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Student of science.


 

Sidney was born on 28th March 1894, to Thomas (a Confectioner) and Mary Kershaw, of 70, Church St., Newton Heath, Manchester. He was entered the modern side of Manchester Grammar School in 1908. He was a keen footballer and member of Culcheth Sunday School where he was well known and respected. As an Apprentice at age 16 in 1910-11 he enrolled at The Tech as an evening student on science Courses, and the next year saw him enrol for the 2nd Year Mechanical Engineering Course. The Manchester Grammar School magazine records that he was in his fifth year at The Tech when war broke out. He was employed as an inside draughtsman by Sir W. Bailey.

Sidney died during the Battle of the Somme whilst in charge of a Lewis Gun section. He was remembered as “a lad of high principle, and his actions squared with his principles. He was in consequence liked by his men. Several of them gave up gambling because he set his face against it. A life like his, short as it was, has not been lived in vain. Nor has he given up in vain”.