Other names: Sidney
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetMaida Vale, London, NWFranceLeeds, YorkshireBarnetRugby, WarwickshireBirmingham, Warwickshire
Story: Sidney Brockway was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24 Sep 1893 and baptised at St. James Church on 3 Dec 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 24 Jun 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 2 Jul 1916 and was not discharged until 3 Oct 1916. He was demobilized on 13 Mar 1919 giving 41 St, James, Shaftesbury, as his home address. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914/15 Star. (The 1914/15 Star was returned for replacement as the name was spelt wrongly on the back and a new corrected medal issued on 5 Mar 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.