Ledbrook, Sidney William

Age: 28
Date of birth: c1887

Parents: Joseph and Ellen Ledbrook
Address: 9 Swan Street

Occupation: Engineer at Bryncethin mine

Sidney’s parents were Joseph Ernest and Ellen Louisa Ledbrook and they had a family business at 9 Swan Street Warwick.  In 1901, the rest of the household consisted of Thomas Ernest (16), Mabel Helen (15), Sydney Ernest (14), Rowland James (13), Albert Frank (11), and Percy James (15).

Thomas and Percy were also employed as butchers in the shop.  Percy was Joseph’s nephew.

Sidney later went to Birmingham University, where he gained a BSc.

By 1911 Thomas had left home and Joseph’s widowed mother, Elizabeth had joined the household.  Sidney is described as an Electrical Engineer.  He later worked at the Bryncethin Mine in South Wales.

Sidney married in 1913 at Meriden in Warwickshire.  His wife’s family name was Randle but we have no other details.

The Ledbrook family attended the Wesleyan Chapel in Barrack Street.

Sidney’s brother Thomas also served in WWI as an engineer with the Warwickshire Yeomanry

The Warwick Advertiser – 7th July 1915:

This tribute was published in the Warwick Advertiser on 17th July 1915

Sidney is commemorated on his parents’ grave in Warwick Cemetery, where the inscription reads:

In Loving Memory of
JOSEPH ERNEST beloved husband of ELLEN LOUISA LEDBROOK died June 27th 1926 aged 67 years.
Also in Loving Memory of ELLEN LOUISA the beloved wife of JOSEPH ERNEST LEDBROOK died Feb 14 1933 aged 84 years.
And of their second son Sapper SYDNEY WILLIAM LEDBROOK B.Sc., R.M., R.N. Division died of wounds at Gallipoli June 23 1915 aged 28

Military Service

Rank & Number: Sapper, Deal/527(S)
Regiment/Service: No 2 Field Company, Royal Marine Engineers
Date of death: Thursday, June 24, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Struck by shell shrapnel during the Gallipoli campaign
Commemorated/Buried: Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: Warwick School, Westgate School

Sidney enlisted in November 1914 and was one of the first to land in the Dardenelles.  Just before he died, he had been recommended for a commission.


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office
  • Wesleyan Church archive
  • Gervald Frykman – Warwick School Archivist

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