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  • Photo courtesy of Sidney Swaby's great nephew John Pollard.
Person Details
Boston Lincolnshire
He was the son of Joseph and Alice Swaby of North Muskham Newark and a resident of Cromwell Newark.
In 1911, aged 13, he had left school and was delivering milk in Worksop. Immediately before he volunteered for The Great War he was in the employ of farmer and cattle dealer George Dakin, who became one of Cromwell’s special constables when invasion seemed a possibility in December 1914.
08 Dec 1916
19
506274 - CWGC Website
31045
Corporal
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Sydney enlisted in the Welbeck Rangers on 20 September 1915 and went to the Flanders battlefront in early March 1916. He was deployed as a sniper and earned promotion to Corporal in the field. After emerging through six battles without a scratch, he received 'most serious wounds in the head' on 3 September and his family was informed by the Army that no hope could ever be entertained of his recovery. His father and sister Edith (born 1896 and the future Mrs Cecil Pollard of North Muskham) were able to spend a week with him in a French hospital before he passed away. This was a rare occurrence (a) because the authorities were reluctant to expose grieving families to the dangers – German submarines haunted the Channel; b) enemy attacks frequently forced hospitals to be closed down. So Sydney’s bravery and fortitude must have persuaded the hard-hearts that he was a special case. In response to his father's question as to whether or not he was sorry now to have joined the Army, the Herald reported, he replied 'No, I am glad I had the opportunity of doing what I have'.
Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Much of the information on this page is courtesy of Trevor Frecknall.
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  • Photo courtesy of Sidney Swaby's great nephew John Pollard.
    - Photo courtesy of Sidney Swaby's great nephew John Pollard.
  • Obituary from unknown local newspaper. Courtesy of Trevor Frecknall.
    - Obituary from unknown local newspaper. Courtesy of Trevor Frecknall.
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Sidney Swaby - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle