Other names: Sidney Matthew
Locations in this story: Forhoe, NorfolkCringleford, NorfolkKing's Lynn, NorfolkFontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Sidney Matthew Cannell was born in Forhoe, Norfolk, on 26 Apr 1882 and baptised at Cringleford, Norfolk, on 6 Aug 1882 the son of Herbert Ernest Cannell and Ellen Cannell (nee Aves). He lived his early life in Norfolk and married Betsey Hill Foster at All Saints Church, King's Lynn, Norfolk, on 9 Apr 1902. They went on to have 10 children. By 1911 the family had moved to Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where Sidney found work as a Gamekeeper. He had enlisted with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry and was later attached to the Corps of Hussars as a Private (Service No. 230567). It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Prystock Farm, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Farmer and ARP Warden. He died in 1948 and was buried at Fontmell Magna.