Captain, 5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

Killed in action Saturday 7th August 1915, age 35.

Remembered on the Helles Memorial, panel 58 to 72 or 218 to 219

Unknown relationship to The Tech.


Sidney was born in 1880 to Edmund and Isabella Jane Milnes of Bury. His father was a Drysalter and Cotton Spinner. The 1881 census showed Sidney had five siblings and the family had a governess, cook, waitress and two nurses. They liked to holiday in Colwyn Bay. Unfortunately he is not listed in The Tech registers, Roll of Service or the Book of Remembrance so his association with The Tech is unknown, but he was a member of the firm Milnes Brothers and Hoyle, a Bury cotton spinner and manufacturer. He enjoyed playing rugby and Tennis.

Sidney was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 1st Volunteer Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in May 1900. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1908 and during the first world war was a Captain in the 5th Battalion. His unit arrived in Gallipoli in early May 1915 and took part in a number of actions. Sidney had three brothers, one of whom was Major H.N. Milnes of the same the same battalion. Another brother, Captain James Milnes of the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers, wrote home in with news that Sidney was missing after being seen to fall badly wounded while leading his company down a trench, in a battle for a position known and The Vineyard, and was presumed dead, though that did not become the official conclusion until March 1917.

Sidney left effects worth £1262 18s. 2d. to his father.

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