Other names: Sidney James
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetLondon, S.E.France & FlandersWalthamstow, London, E 17Camberwell, London
Story: Sidney James Maidment was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16 Oct 1893 the son of Edward Maidment and Lydia Maidment (nee Fish). He lived his early life in the Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, area. By 1915 he had moved to Old Kent Road, London, S.E. and enlisted from there on 6 May 1915 and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver (Service No. L/20984). He served in France and Flanders with the 162 Brigade and was discharged on 17 Jun 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. Though he had used the Sherborne Causeway, Shaftesbury, address for the Absent Voter List in 1918/1919 on discharge he gave his address then as 4 Cannings Road, Walthamstow, London, E.17. but on resuming civilian life the 1921 Census shows he was living at 139 Sumner Road, Peckham, Camberwell, London, working as a Stores Assistant with the South Metropolitan Gas Company. He had married Kate Alice Douglas at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Walthamstow, on 8 Jun 1920. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 3 Elcot Avenue, Camberwell, London, working as a Gas Works Checker. No reliable record of his death has yet been found. His brother, Charles Maidment, also served in the conflict.