Sidney Whitmarsh

Surname: Whitmarsh
Other names: Sidney
Other people in this story:
John Whitmarsh
Maria Whitmarsh
Kate Lane
Locations in this story:
Melbury Abbas, Dorset
France
Aldershot, Hampshire
Marnull, Dorset

Story:
Sidney Whitmarsh was born at Melbury Abbas, Dorset, in 1871 the son of John and Maria Whitmarsh. The family lived for a time at White Pit Lane, Melbury Abbas. He married Kate Lane at Melbury Abbas on 11 Jul 1898. According to the 1911 Census, when they were living at Burton Street, Marnull, Dorset, there was at least one child of the marriage. He enlisted as a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment on 17 Aug 1914 (Service No. 7373). He was transferred as a Gunner to the Royal Garrison Artillery on 1 Jan 1915 (Service No. 6720) and served with them in France. On 5 May 1917, having returned to the UK, he was transferred to the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 435341) and joined the 644th Agricultural Company. He was demobilized on 31 Mar 1920 and awarded the Victory and British Medals. He was obviously in some financial difficulty in 1923, when living at 1 Frederick Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, as he was trying to obtain copies of his military record in order to prove his need to the authorities. He died in Aldershot in 1936.

(Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.)

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