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Davis, Sydney Arthur

Sydney Arthur Davis
1914 Star
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Private Sydney Arthur Davis (11060)
Killed in Action on Tuesday 16th October 1917
Passchendaele, aged 20
Son of William & Alice Davis
Father's occupation: Labourer
Born 13th January 1897 at Hurst
Local address: Binfield
Pre-war occupation: Factory Labourer
Enlisted:Caversham, Friday 13th March 1914
Regiment:Royal Scots Fusiliers
Battalion:3rd Bn
Previous unit:380558 Lance Cpl, Labour Corps
Died:Tuesday 16th October 1917
Cause:Killed in Action
Commemorated:Grave at Menin Road South Military Cemetery

Sydney Davis was born in Hurst on 13 January 1897, to William and Alice. He was baptised at St.Nicholas church on 7th March that year.

Sydney attended the Forest Road School, and later the Palmer Church of England Junior School, which he left on 24th June 1910. The family were living at Ivy Cottage, Embrook.

In 1911 he was lodging with the Bridgewater family at 39 Clarendon Road in Reading, and working as an icer at a biscuit factory (probably Huntley & Palmers).

Sydney enlisted in Caversham in March 1914, joining the Royal Scots Fusiliers. His attestation form gives his age as 18 years, 24 days although he was only 17 at the time. His stated his occupation was factory labourer. He later transferred to the 33rd Coy, Labour Corps, where he was a Lance Corporal.

On Tuesday 16th October 1917 Sydney was killed in action at Passchendaele. He was 20 years old.

Sydney rests in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.


Sydney Davies at Menin Road South Military Cemetery
Menin Road South Military Cemetery

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in morning
We will remember them.
Lawrence Binyon