Other names: Sidney John
Locations in this story: Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersLangton Road, Blandford, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Sidney John Ryall was born on 25th February 1898 in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of William Ryall and Eleanor Ryall (née Goodman). He lived most if his early life in Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury. He enlisted on the 7th June 1916 but was not embodied until 24th May 1918 when he joined the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 40961). He served in France as a Lewis Gunner and received a gun shot wound on 18th October 1918 from which he recovered and re-assigned to the 3rd Battalion. He was discharged on 4th March 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He went to live at 31 Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury. He married Emma May Parker in Blandford, Dorset, on 16th February 1924 and they went on to have two children. By the 1939 Register he was living at 8 Langton Road, Blandford, Dorset, and working as a bricklayer. He died in Blandford on 15th December 1975. Sidney's brother Victor Alfred (b.1896) also served with the Dorsetshire Regiment during the First World War. He died in the Somme region on 15th September 1916.