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Newark
Sidney was born in 1899 in Newark and was the second-oldest son of painter Sidney Charles Harston a house painter and his wife Margaret Kathleen (ne Shepherd ) of 23 Lombard Street, Newark. Sidney was born in 1871 in Newark and his wife Margaret Kathleen was born in 1871 in Collingham they were married in Newark in September 1896. They went on to have 7 children :- John b1898, Sidney b1899 Margaret Cicely b1901, Eliza Kathleen b1904, Thomas b1906, Robert b1908 and C Mary b1911. In the 1901 census the family are living at 32 Crown Street, Newark, Sidney is shown as a house painter and is living with his wife Margaret and their children, John and Sidney, also at the house is 15 year old Lizzie Hickman a general domestic servant. By the 1911 census the family are living at 23 Lombard Street, Newark, Margaret is shown as married 40 years of age , Sidney is not at home on the night of the census but his children are shown as John, Sidney, Margaret Cicely, Eliza Kathleen, Thomas, Robert and C Mary and a servant Ada Hinson 21 years . We find his father Sidney Charles Harston is at 79 Bedford Street, Liverpool on the night of the 1911 census. Sidney Charles died at Kelham, Newark on 10th February 1916 aged 45 years.
After earning a scholarship from the Mount School he completed his education at the Magnus Grammar School. At aged 13, he won a two-mile open swimming race against adults. He also carried off Newark elementary schools’ premier swimming honours and captained the Magnus rugby XV.
29 Jun 1918
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Lieutenant
Royal Air Force
Sidney joined up in October 1917 and joined the Royal Air Force , he went out to France in April 1918 and served with 204 Squadron. He died whilst flying his Sopwith Camel aeroplane over enemy territory in France on 29th June 1918, he was 18 years of age. He is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, Arras, France.
The following is an extract from the Magnus School, Newark , diary of the 'Great War' :- Saturday 29 June 1918: Sidney Harston, a multi-sports star while at the Magnus, disappeared at the age of 18 while flying a Sopwith F.1 Camel (serial No. D3361) over enemy territory in France. After earning a scholarship from the Mount School, the second-oldest son of painter Sidney Charles Harston and his wife Margaret Kathleen of 23 Lombard Street completed his education at the Magnus. Aged 13, he won a two-mile open swimming race against adults. He also carried off Newark elementary schools’ premier swimming honours and captained the Magnus rugby XV. Determined to select his own military unit, he joined-up in October 1917, a month before his 18th birthday, and entered the Royal Air Force. He went to France in April and had been engaged in hazardous work as a scout accompanying the bombers. Lieutenant Harston is remembered on the Arras Flying Services Memorial for airmen with no known grave. His elder brother John was also in the RAF, having originally gone to war as a bugler in the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in 1914.
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