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Sidney Sulley was born at Arnold in 1886, he was the only son of Nathen a frame work knitter and Ann Sulley née Surgey of 19 Draytons Yard, Arnold though the family had lived in Cross Street, Arnold. His father Nathan was born in 1847 in Arnold, he died in 1913 aged 66 yrs, his mother Ann Surgey was born in 1853 they were married in 1880 their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district. In the 1911 census his parents are living at Cross Street, Arnold and are shown as Nathen 64 yrs a frame work knitter, he is living with his wife Ann 5 yrs a seamer. In the same 1911 census we find that Sidney has left the family home and is in the Army, he is listed with his regiment 1st battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment in barracks in India he is 25 yrs of age and a private soldier. Sidney married Fanny Cooke (born 1886 ) in Arnold on 12th April 1913 and they lived at 1 Robinson Yard, Arnold. They had two children, Sidney born 10th October 1913 and Hedly born 8th December 1915 (he died on 3rd September 1917) both being born in Basford. Sidney worked as a bricklayers labourer before enlisting and worshipped as a Wesleyan. Following his death his widow Fanny now living at Campion Street, Arnold was awarded a pension of 18 shillings and 9 pence a week on 26th March 1917 this was reduced following the death of their son Hedly
He was employed as a bricklayers labourer
11 Sep 1916
2749817 - CWGC Website
16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Sidney Sulley was a regular soldier having enlisted on 7th March 1904 when he was 18 yrs of age. After serving nine years and saw service in India he became a reservist. On 5th August 1914 he was mobilised and joined the British Expeditionary Force in France on 8th September 1914. In an attack on Beaumont Hamel on 3rd Sept 1918 the 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Battalion were employed as carrying parties for the two assaulting battalion. Several of these carrying parties reached the German Lines, in some instances making several journeys across no mans land. Others were engaged on trench control posts and in supplying forward dumps. All this work was carried out under very heavy hostile artillery barrage. Some 78 men of the battalion were wounded in action at this time, Sidney being one of them on 20th June 1916 he was taken to 33 casualty clearing station with a dangerous gun shot wound to the head. On 4th July he became dangerously ill and was sent to hospital in St Omer. On 21st August 1916 he was considered sufficiently stable and was transported back to England where he was sent to King George's Hospital, Stamford Street, London. He remained there for 33 days but died at 8.45pm on 11th September 1916. He is buried in Redhill Cemetery, Arnold
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  • photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
    Sidney Sulley - photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of Sidney Sulley at Redhill Cemetery at Arnold. Photo taken by Peter Gillings
    Sidney Sulley - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of Sidney Sulley at Redhill Cemetery at Arnold. Photo taken by Peter Gillings