Other names: Sydney William
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetBoscombe, Bournemouth, HampshireSouthampston, HampshireFrance & FlandersLoos, Pas de Calais, France
Story: Sydney William Belbin was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1886, the son of Henry Belbin and Selina Emma Belbin (née Wright). He lived his early life in Shaftesbury until, by 1901, the family had moved to Boscombe, Bournemouth, Hampshire. By 1911, Sydney had become a boarder in Southampton, Hampshire, where he obtained work as Painter. He enlisted with the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 17700). He was declared presumed killed in action on 25th September 1915 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial, Loos, Pas de Calais, France, (Panel 35 to 37). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.