Other names: Sidney
Locations in this story: St. James, Shaftesbury, DorsetSutherland Road, Maida Vale, London, NWFranceLeeds, YorkshireBarnetRugby, WarwickshireBirmingham, WarwickshireMarylebone, Middlesex
Story: Sidney Brockway was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24th September 1893 and baptised at St. James' Church on 3rd December 1893, the son of Mary Ellen Brockway (a single person). Sidney lived in the house of his grandmother at Andrews Yard, 41 St. James, Shaftesbury. Post 1911 he was boarding at 101 Sutherland Road, Maida Vale, London, NW and enlisted at Marylebone, Middlesex, on 8 Sep 1914 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 48669). He qualified as a Proficient Carpenter prior to posting to France where, on 24th June 1916, he received gunshot wounds in the right thigh. He was transferred from the Field Hospital back to England and arrived at the War Hospital, Leeds, Yorkshire on 2nd July 1916. He was not discharged until 3rd October 1916 and joined the 419th Field Company. He was demobilized on 13th March 1919 giving 41 St, James, Shaftesbury, as his home address. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914/15 Star medals. (The 1914/15 Star was returned for replacement as the name was spelt wrongly on the back and a new corrected medal issued on 5th March 1920). He eventually moved back to London where he married Ethel Marie Brazier during 1924 in the Barnet Registry District. They went on to have three children. By the 1939 Register he had moved to 7 Old Council Houses, Rugby, Warwickshire, where he was employed as a builder's labourer. He died in 1942 in the Birmingham Registry area.