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Sidney Robert was the son of Stephen and Margaret Armitage (née Robinson). His father Stephen was born in Nottingham on 24 April 1864, the son of Samuel Fox Armitage and his wife Joanna née Jarratt (b. 10 September 1836 Shipston on Stour, parents Stephen and Susannah) who were both Quakers. Samuel Fox was a wholesale grocer and provision merchant and Stephen also joined the family business. His mother Margaret was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, the daughter of Robert and Mary Ann Robinson. Margaret's older sister, Mary Ellen, married Stephen Armitage's older brother, Wilson, and they too had a son who was killed in the war. Stephen and Margaret were married in 1888 in Burton upon Trent and had four children who were born in Nottingham: Stephen Cecil b. 16 July 1889; Elsie Margaret b. 6 April 1892 bap. Nottingham All Saints 8 May 1892. Sidney Robert birth registered 1894 (J/F/M) and Hilda Winifred b. 20 May 1895. In 1891 Stephen, a grocer provision and seedsman nurseryman, and Margaret were living at 12 Tennyson Street, Nottingham, with their son Stephen (1). Stephen employed a general domestic servant and a nurse (domestic). By 1901 the family was living at Rock House, Epperstone, Nottinghamshire. Stephen's occupation was given on the census as a director of a joint stock company. Also in the home were his wife and two of their four children, Sidney (7) and Hilda (5), as well as a cook, nurse (domestic) and a governess. Stephen Cecil was at a preparatory school in Easthampstead, Berkshire, and Elsie was in the home of an aunt, Ellen A Robinson (married), in Burton upon Trent on the night of the census. By 1911 Stephen and Margaret had moved to Broadgate House, Beeston. Only three of their children, Elsie (18), Sidney and Hilda were in the home on the night of the census. Also in the household were Margaret's widowed mother, Mary Ann Robinson, a cook and a housemaid. Stephen Cecil was a law student and one of four boarders in the household of Mary Smith, in Wandsworth, London. Stephen snr. died on 15 Februry 1915 aged 50. His father Samuel Fox Armitage had died on 18 March 1914 and his brother Wilson in 1913. Sidney's mother, Margaret, died on 9 November 1938. Of Sidney's three siblings: Stephen Cecil, a solicitor, served in the war as a captain in the Army Service Corps (Notts and Derby Regiment). He married Ellen L (Irene) Bowen Smith (b. 30 October 1898) in 1920 (reg. Woodbridge Suffolk) and they had three chldren: Irene M Armitage b. 27 August 1921 (m. Hon Robert Nivison later 3rd Baron Glendyne 25 April 1953, 3 children, d. 19 January 2016); Stephen Robert b. 1924 (reg. J/F/M, d. 8 July 2010) and Elizabeth Armitage b. 1930 (reg. J/F/M, m/ Reginald Dodd 1943, two children, d. 4 September 2014). In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled, Stephen and Irene were living in Lenton Fields, Derby Road, Nottinghamj; his occupation was given as miller and farmer. Also in the home was their daughter Irene while the record of one member of the household remains closed. Stephen was a JP, awarded Freedom of the City of Nottingham (1950), High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire (1953) and knighted (CBE). He and his wife later lived at Hawksworth Manor, Nottinghamshire; he died on 6 May 1962. His wife survived him. Elsie Margaret was living on Wollaton Vale, Beeston, in 1939; her occupation was given as chartered masseuse. Also in the home was Dorothy Mary MEssan (b. 1907) whose occupation was given as 'domestic'. Elsie died in 1974. Hilda Winifred married Bernard Webster (b. 19 April 1878), a yarn agent, in 1939 and when the England & Wales Register was compiled the same year they were living on Middleton Crescent, Beeston. Hilda died on 10 November 1981; the PRobate record gave her address as Derbyshire House, East Leake.
He was an accountant
11 May 1917
181019 - CWGC Website
Broadgate, Beeston, Nottingham
North Midland Divisional Train Army Service Corps
He served with No.4 (Sherwood Forester Brigade) Company, North Midland Divisional Train which later became 454th Company, 46th Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. He was gazetted second lieutenant 10th October 1914 (London Gazette 9th October 1914). Sidney entered theatre on 4th March 1915 and appointed temporary lieutenant on 10th October 1915 (London Gazette 24th November 1915). He was promoted lieutenant, with precedence as from 1st June 1916, on 23rd October 1917 (London Gazette 22nd October 1917). Sidney was killed on 11 May 1917. The War Diary states that he was killed, together with his horse, when on convoy duty near Lievin. He was buried the next day in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension, France (grave ref. Plot I Row E Grave 16). He was the only known officer fatality in the North Midland Divisional Train during the war. Sidney qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension (extract): 'The Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery was used by units and field ambulances from June 1915 to February 1916 ... The adjoining Communal Cemetery Extension was begun by the 16th (Irish) Division in April 1916 and was used until October 1918.' (www.cwgc.org)
His cousin, Stanley Wilson Armitage, the son of his father's brother, Wilson Armitage (d. 1913), served in the 9th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps (R/2869 Sergeant) and was killed in action at Ypres on 25 September 1915. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. (See record on this Roll of Honour). CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'For ever with the Lord' Probate: Armitage Stephen of Broadgate House Beeston Nottinghamshire provision merchant died 15 February 1915 Probate Nottingham 24 February to Margaret Armitage widow Stephen Cecil Armitage [son] solicitor and Sydney (sic) Robert Armitage accountant. Effects £22188 3s. 9d. Nottingham Evening Post, 15 February 1915: extract from a report on the death of Stephen Armitage, Broadgate House Beeston, who died after an operation for appendicitis. ‘The deceased gentleman leaves a widow, two daughters, and two sons, and both the latter are serving with the colours. One of them holds a captain’s commission in the Army Service Corps (Notts and Derby Regiment) [Stephen Cecil], and is momentarily expecting to have to go to the front and his younger brother [Sidney Robert] is a second-lieutenant in the same corps.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 15 May 1917:- “ARMITAGE. – Killed in action, May 11th, 1917, Lieutenant Sidney Robert Armitage, Army Service Corps, dearly-loved younger son of the late Stephen and of Margaret Armitage, Broadgate House, Beeston, Notts., aged 23 years.” Above courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Probate: Armitage Sidney Robert of Broadgate House Beeston Nottinghamshire lieutenant in HM Army died 11 May 1917 at Lievin in France Probate Nottingham 1 August to Stephen Cecil Armitage [brother] solicitor captain in HM Army and Charles John Pain chartered accountant. Effects £2229 7s. Probate: Armitage Margaret of Cavendish Lodge Devonshire-avenue Beeston Nottinghamshire and of High-street-place Nottingham and of Broadgate House Beeston Nottinghamshire widow died 9 November 1938 at Cavendish Lodge Probate Nottingham 19 December to Stephen Cecil Armitage company director and Elsie Margaret Armitage spinster. Effects £17601 19s. 2d
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Sidney Robert Armitage at Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Photograph John Beech.
    Sidney Robert Armitage - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Sidney Robert Armitage at Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Photograph John Beech.