Other names: Sidney Herbert
Locations in this story: Beaminster, DorsetTarrant Crawford, DorsetIwerne Minster, DorsetPoole, DorsetGloucester, Gloucestershire
Story: Sidney Herbert Crabbe was born in the Beaminster, Dorset, Registry area on 7 Oct 1896 the son of George Crabbe and Ellen Elizabeth Crabbe (nee Gale). (The surname was sometimes spelt 'Crabb' but more usually with an 'e'.) Sidney lived his very early life in Tarrant Crawford, Dorset, until by 1911 the family had moved to Shute Lane, Iwerne Minster, Dorset. Sidney had enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 16079). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but he was with the 2nd Battalion and discharged on 30 May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Jessie Burden in Iwerne Minster, Dorset, on 26 Apr 1924. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Tower Hill, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, working as a Farm Worker. His wife, Jessie, died in 1952 and Sidney went on to remarry Winifred Annie Stubbs (nee Burden), the widow of William Stubbs and Sidney's sister-in-law, in Poole, Dorset, during 1958. He died in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, during 1984. His brother Francis Frederick George (Frank) Crabbe also served but was killed in action. Both of their names are included on a Roll of Honour published privately in Iwerne Minster.