Dowell, Sidney William

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 28
Date of birth: 1889

Parents: John and Eliza Dowell
Wife: Harriett Caroline Dowell (nee Ash)
Address: 26 Bridge End

Occupation: Labourer - Silk Spinner

Sidney William Dowell was born in Bubbenhall and baptised there on 24th March 1889.  His parents were John and Eliza Dowell and John was a labourer.

In 1891, the family were living at the School House, Leamington Road, Bubbenhall.  The census shows that Sidney had an older brother, Herbert (5).

Sidney’s father died in 1893 and by 1901 Harriett and Sidney were living at 1 Bright Place Yardley, Birmingham.

Sidney married Harriett Caroline Ash in 1910 and they had a daughter, Edith, by the 1911 census.  They were living at 55 Oliver Street, Coventry and Sidney was working as a Silk Spinner.

The Warwick connection is via Sidney’s wife, Harriett.  At the time of their marriage, her family were living at 26 Bridge End and it is assumed that Harriett returned to live with her family after Sidney’s death.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Private, 19223
Regiment/Service: 10th (Service) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 57th Brigade, 19th Division
Date of death: Saturday, November 18, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battle of the Ancre
Commemorated/Buried: Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Somme
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church


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