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Bingham Nottinghamshire
Sydney Harold Fewster was the youngest child of Edward and Emma Fewster (née Attenborough). His father Edward was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, in 1853 (J/A/S), the son of James and Sarah Fewster. His mother Emma was born in Bingham, birth registered 1855 (J/F/M), and was the daughter of John Attenborough, a hairdresser, and his wife Mary (née Dewick). Several of Emma's siblings had moved from Bingham to Bradford and she too was living in Bradford at the time of her marriage to Edward. They were married at the Kirkgate Methodist Chapel, Stephen Road, Bradford, on 25 February 1879; he was 25 years old, a draper's assistant, and living at 409 Bolton Road, Bradford, and she was 24 years old, a dressmaker, and living at 407 Bolton Road. Edward and Emma had six children: James Walter b. Harrogate 28 January 1880 (reg. Knaresborough); Herbert Attenborough b. Harrogate 23 January 1882 (reg. Knaresborough); Edward Ernest b. Nottingham 1884; Edgar Lonsdale b. Bradford 28 March 1888 bap. 29 April 1888 Kirkgate Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Bradford; Charlotte Annie b. Bradford 5 August 1890 bap. 31 August 1890 Wesleyan Methodist Chapel Otley Road Bradford and Sydney Harold b. Bingham 1895 (J/A/S Bingham) bap. Nottingham 25 August 1895. In 1881, two years after their marriage, Edward, a grocer and confectioner, and Emma were living on Chapel Street, Harrogate, with their son James (1). By 1891 Emma was recorded living in the Market Place, Bingham, with their children, James, Herbert (9), Edward (6), Edgar (3) and Charlotte (under 1 year). She was described on the census as head of household. On the night of the census her husband Edward, a furniture salesman, was recorded as a visitor in the household of his widowed sister-in-law, Elizabeth Anna Walker (née Attenborough), on Leeds Road, Bradford. Also in the household were Elizabeth's three children, her brother Herbert (or Hubert) a grocer's assistant - probably employed by their brother Walter Attenborough, a grocer and provision merchant also in Bradford - and three boarders. The family was living at the Post Office, Market Place, Bingham, where Edward was the sub postmaster, in 1901. Five of their six children were in the home on the night of the census: Herbert the postmaster's assistant and letter carrier, Edward a telegraphist, and Edgar, Charlotte and Sydney who were at school. Edward was still the subpostmaster at Bingham Post Office in 1911. Only three of their children were still living at home: Edward a railway clerk, and Charlotte and Sydney who were both postal clerks. Edward and Emma later lived at The Bungalow, Tithby Road, Bingham, and were still at the same address at the time of their deaths; Edward on 19 January 1938 and Emma on 4 November 1941. In 1939 when the England and Wales Register was compiled Emma was living with her widowed brother, George Henry (b. 3 January 1862), a retired musician (d. 1940). Edward and Emma's eldest son James Walter, an accountant, was awarded probate of both their estates. The record of probate for Emma shows that she died at Bingham Post Office where her married daughter Charlotte Linley was subpostmistress. Of Sydney's surviving siblings: James Walter married Alice Walton at Melton Mowbray Wesleyan chapel on 8 September 1910; his brother Herbert was his best man and his sister Charlotte a bridesmaid. James and Alice had two children who were recorded on his army service record, Ernest born 8 Lady Bay Road West Bridgford on 2 May 1915 and Kathleen born Bingham on 22 January 1917, and may then have had two more daughters after the war, Elsie b. 1920 (A/M/J Bingham) and Doris b. 1922 (J/F/M Bingham). James, then an accountant's clerk living on Union Street, Bingham, joined the army on 13 November 1916 aged 36 years 10 months. Initially posted to the Sherwood Foresters, he transferred to the Army Pay Corps (9873 Corporal) and served at home until his transfer to the 'Z' Reserve on 3 March 1919 until his demobilization on 31 March 1920. In March 1919 his home address was Grantham Road, Bingham, but by 1939 James, a certified public accountant, and Alice were living on Henry Road, West Bridgford. Also in the household were their married daughter Kathleen Selby (m. 1939), her husband Leonard (who served in the Second World War) and one other person whose record remains closed. James died aged 69 on 17 March 1949 at 'Westbank', Bingham. Herbert Attenborough took holy orders and as a Methodist Minister emigrated to Canada in 1905. He returned to England for a visit in 1910 when he was his brother James' best man on 8 September and also assisted at the Harvest Festival Service at Bingham Independent Methodist Chapel later that month. Herbert married Harriet Northwood Fawcett (b. 25 September 1886) in Winnipeg on 30 June 1913. Harriet travelled from England to marry Herbert. He took Canadian citizenship but later returned to England and in 1939 he and his wife were living in Stanley, Durham. Henrietta died on 13 June 1947 (reg. Nottingham). Herbert was living in Whitstable, Kent, when he died on 21 January 1973. Edward Ernest (known as 'Tich') married Hebe Annie Hotchin in 1916 (A/M/J Spilsby Lincolnshire); there were probably no children of the marriage. Edward served in the Machine Gun Corps (58405 Private), Labour Corps (516121 Private) and Royal Fusiliers (GS/110308) during the war. Edward died on 22 December 1936; he was then living at The Cottage, High Street, Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire. His wife survived him. Edgar Londsdale emigrated to Canada before the war - he has not been traced on the UK 1911 Census - and was a farmer and living in Cupar, Saskatoon, when he enlisted at Regina, Saskatchewan, on 15 November 1915. He served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the Princess Patricia of Connaught's Light Infantry and joined his battalion in the field on 10 June 1916. He was demobilized on 20 March 1919. Edgar died on 2 September 1970 and is buried in Berrymoor Cemetery (Edmanton Census Division), Alberta. Charlotte Annie married John Marrison Linley (b. 27 March 1905) in 1926 (J/F/M Nottnigham. In 1939 she was the subpostmistress at Bingham Post Office and her husband was subpostmaster and auxiliary postman. Also in the household was their daughter Patsy Ann (later Payne b. 30 August 1930); the record of another member of the household remains closed and is probably that of her sister, Daphne J (b. 1927 J/A/S Bingham). John Linley died on 3 January 1968 and Charlotte in 1989 (reg. Bodmin Cornwall).
In 1911 he was a postal clerk. According to an entry in the British Postal Service Appointments Books Sydney was entered as a sorting clerk and telegraphist at Long Eaton, Derbyshire, on 21 May 1915.
26 Sep 1917
1631814 - CWGC Website
A Coy 2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Sydney Fewster enlisted at Nottingham and served with 'A' Company 2/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters. He was killed in action on 26th September 1917 during the battle for St Julien, between Ypres and Passchendaele. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal but not the 1914/15 Star so was not in theatre until 1916.
Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father Edward was his sole legatee.
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