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Annesley Nottinghamshire
Sidney was born in 1899 Annesley and was the youngest son of Thomas, a colliery deputy, and Julia Stirland née Soar. They lived at 42 New Annesley, Nottingham. His father Thomas was born in 1856 in Kimberley and his mother Julia Soar was born in 1855 in Swannington, Leicestershire. They were married in 1874; their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration District. They went on to have 10 children however, sadly, 2 died in infancy or childhood prior to 1911. Their children listed from the 1891, 1901 and 1911 census were: Samuel b1876, Annie b1877, Absalom b1878, Thomas b1882, Gertrude b1883, Ernest b1886, Arthur b1889, Harry b1893 and Sydney b1899; all the children were born in Annesley. In the 1911 census the family are living at 42 New Annesley, Nottingham and are shown as Thomas 55 yrs head of the family a colliery deputy, he is living with his wife Julia 56 years and their children Ernest 25 yrs a colliery clerk, Arthur 22 years a colliery carpenter, Harry 18 years a colliery road repairer and Sydney 12 yrs a scholar.
24 Oct 1918
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15th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Pte Sydney Stirland enlisted on 5th July 1916 at Nottingham; he was placed in the reserves. On 30th May 1918 he was called up and joined at Nottingham; he gave his age as 19 years and 301 days, he gave his occupation as coal miner and his address as 42 New Annesley, Nottingham, he gave his next of kin as his father Thomas of the same address. He served with the 3rd battalion Durham Light Infantry. On 11th October 1918 he embarked from England and the following day arrived in France and joined the British Expeditionary Force. He was posted on 12th October 1918 to 15th battalion Durham Light Infantry. He was killed in action some 12 days later between 23rd and 24th October 1918 and is buried in Englefontaine British Cemetery.
His elder brother Absalom also served during the 'Great War' in the 10th battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). He was killed in action on 17th November 1915. His name is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
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