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  • Second Lieutenant, 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters
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16 Apr 1893
Doncaster Yorkshire
Sydney Eldridge was the son of William Henry and Elizabeth Ada Newbury (née Eldridge). His father, William, was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, in 1862 (J/F/M Luton), the son of William and Elizabeth Newbury (née Denton). In 1881 the family was living at Railway Cottage, Arlington, Woburn; William snr was a railway signalman and William jnr. a railway porter. His mother, Elizabeth Ada Eldridge, was born in Stourport, Worcestershire, in 1863 (J/A/S Kidderminster-Tebbott). William Henry and Elizabeth Ada were married in 1888 (J/A/S Woburn Beds) and had four children: Alvin Henry b. Bedford 1889 (A/M/J Bedford), Grace Daisy b. Netherfield birth registered 1891 (J/F/M Basford), Sydney (also Sidney) Eldridge b. Doncaster 16 April 1893 (A/M/J Doncaster Yorkshire) and Ada Gertrude b. Doncaster 11 November 1894 (O/N/D Doncaster). Although the second child, Grace, was born in Netherfield, Nottingham, in late 1890 or early 1891 by the time of the census in 1891 William and Elizabeth were living at 49 South Street, Doncaster. William was employed as a railway guard. Their two youngest children were born while they were living in Doncaster and the family was still living at the same address in Doncaster in 1901. However, by 1911 the family was living on Cropwell Road, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. William (48) was employed as a railway inspector. All four children were living at home: Alvin (21) was a railway clerk, Daisy (20) a student, Sidney(17) a clerk in a lace warehouse and Ada (16) a scholar. William and Elizabeth were still living in Radcliffe-on-Trent when Alvin and Sydney were killed in 1916 and 1917 respectively. The CWGC record gives their address as 'Tenedos', Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. His brother, Alvin Henry, served with the 1/6th Bn Royal Fusiliers (2770 Corporal) and was killed on 30 April 1916 (Arras Memorial). His youngest sister, Ada Gertrude, married Captain William Alfred Ecob, Yorkshire Regiment, at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Radcliffe-on-Trent, on 6 October 1917. In 1918 their address was 'Tenedos', Cropwell Road, Radcliffe-on-Trent; presumably they were living with Ada's parents. William Ecob transferred to the RFC in January 1918 and to the RAF on 1 April 1918. He was probably selected as he had a 'knowledge of topography (passed geology in Inter- BSc London)' having studied at University College Nottingham 1912-1914 and holding lecturing and teaching qualifications. He served in the RAF until September 1919. Ada and William had a son Alvin Keith Newbury in 1919 (J/F/M Eltham Kent) and probably three other sons: Gordon Sydney Newbury b. 1924 (O/N/D Eton Bucks), David HN b. 1826 (O/N/D Eton) and Michael RN birth registered 1930 (J/F/M Eton). In 1939 the family was living in Hendon Middlesex; William was an advertising publicity director (travel banking & shipping). Their eldest son Alvin served as lieutenant in the Beds. & Herts Regiment in the Second World War and was captured in Europe in 1944. William died on 4 January 1981 and Ada on 27 February 1990 (J/F/M St Albans Herts). His eldest sister, Grace Daisy, served in the VAD (Notts University College VAD 96) during the war and was also a volunteer with the British Red Cross Society. Her service included duty at The Pavilion Auxiliary Hospital (Nottingham 108) and Hastings Auxiliary Hospital. Ada has not been traced after the war. His parents William Henry and Elizabeth Ada have also not yet been traced after the war.
Attended Mundella School, Meadows, Nottingham (his brother, Alvin, also attended the school). In 1911 he was a clerk (lace warehouse).
30 Jun 1917
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Second Lieutenant
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Regiment: London Regiment - Regimental No. 2771 Sydney enlisted in the City of London Rifles on 7 September 1914 in the rank of private and served in France from 17 March 1915. He was promoted corporal 27 May 1915 and lance-serjeant 4 October 1915. On 3 July 1916 he was attached to 6th Reserve (Officer Cadet Battalion) London Rifles, and commissioned on 24 October 1916 as second lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters, 1st/7th Robin Hood Battalion. On 30 June 1917 Sydney was badly wounded in the chest at Lievin during a raid on the German trenches at Bullay Grenay, and died of his wounds at No 7 Casualty Clearing Station the same day. Sydney was buried in Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery (grave ref .I.L.32). He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Extracts from the Sherwood Foresters War Diaries: 28.2.15: Transferred to 1st/6th Battalion, London Rifles 27.5.15: Promoted to Corporal 17.3.15: France 4.10.15: Promoted to Lance Sergeant 3.7.16: Attached to 6th Reserve (Officer Cadet Battalion) London Rifles 24.10.16: Commission 2nd Lieutenant Sherwood Foresters, 1st/7th Robin Hood Battalion (Territorial), 139th Brigade, 46th (North Midland) Division 13.1.17: Joined 1st/7th at Fonquevillers from Base Depot 30.6.17: Badly wounded in the chest at Lievin when taking part in a raid on the German trenches at Bullay Grenay, France 30.6.17: Died of his wound in No 7 Casualty Clearing Station
Sydney was a scholar at the Mundella School, Nottingham: Mundella Magazine, Christmas 1918, ROH: 'Newbury, Sid, 2nd Lieut, Sherwoods.' Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 10 May 1916: ‘Newbury. Killed in action, April 30th, after 14 months’ fighting, and two days before his 27th birthday, Corpl. Alvin Henry Newbury, bombing instructor London Rifles, and elder son of Mr and Mrs WH Newbury, Radcliffe-onTrent.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 4, 5 & 6 July 1917: ‘Newbury. Died of wounds, June 30th, Second-Lieut. Sydney Eldridge Newbury, Sherwood Foresters, aged 24, the dearly loved second son of Mr and Mrs Newbury, Radcliffe-on-Trent.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His father was his legatee. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Marriages’, 17 October 1917: ‘Ecob-Newbury. On October 6th, at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Radcliffe-on-Trent by the Rev. A J Matthews, of Blackburn, assisted by the Rev. W Jones, MSc, Captain William Alfred Ecob, Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr and Mrs AP Ecob, of 37 Rutland-road, West Bridgford, to Ada Gertrude, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs WH Newbury, of Radcliffe-on-Trent.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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  • Second Lieutenant, 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters
    Sydney Eldridge Newbury - Second Lieutenant, 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters
  • An extract from the War Diary of the 1/7th battalion Sherwood Foresters showing his death on 30th April 1916. Newbury Death
    Sydney Eldridge Newbury - An extract from the War Diary of the 1/7th battalion Sherwood Foresters showing his death on 30th April 1916. Newbury Death
  • Photograph of the commonwealth wargraves commission headstone marking the grave of Sydney Eldridge Newbury at Noeux-Les-Mines communal cemetery, France and is courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters Roll of Honour website.
    Sydney Eldridge Newbury - Photograph of the commonwealth wargraves commission headstone marking the grave of Sydney Eldridge Newbury at Noeux-Les-Mines communal cemetery, France and is courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters Roll of Honour website.