Sidwell, William Harry

Age: 20
Date of birth: 1884

Parents: Joseph Henry and Phoebe Jane Sidwell
Address: 13 Stand Street

Occupation: General labourer at Nelson Dale & Co

William was baptised at St Pauls Church on August 29th, 1884. At the time, the family were living at 27 Friars Street.

By 1911 William lived at 62 Woodhouse Street. Also living with him were his father, Joseph, and his sister, Annie Louisa.

Both father and son were general labourers at the Nelson Dale Gelatine works

Warwick Advertiser 5th June 1915 Local War Items:
“Pte. W. H. Sidwell, 1st/7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, of 13 Stand Street, Warwick has been killed in action.”

Family notice: “SIDWELL – killed on the 17th May, Pte. H Sidwell, 1st/7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Territorials):
“His memory will be ever dear to his father, sister and friends. He died a soldier’s death”

Warwick Advertiser – see below – mentions that William is buried alongside Sergeant George Stock, of his battalion:

Warwick Advertiser 1915
Warwick Advertiser 1915

The following appeared a year after his death in the Warwick Advertiser, 20th June 1916 – one tribute from Harry’s aunt and uncle and the other from his father and sister :


Military Service

Rank & Number: Private, 1343
Regiment/Service: 1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 143rd Brigade, 48th Division
Date of death: Tuesday, May 18, 1915
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Pauls Church


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Records Office

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