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Sidney John Barton


Name: Sidney John Bartin/Barton

Rank: Lance Corporal

Service Number: 19896

Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry

Battalion/Unit number: 6th Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1890

Place of Birth: Taunton

Place of Residence: 8 Somerset Place, Alfred Street, Taunton

Date of Death: 23rd October 1917

Place of Death: A few miles east of Ypres

Burial/Memorial: Tyne Cot Memorial, Passchendaele, Belgium

Sidney Barton (sometimes called Bartin) was the son of George and Elizabeth Barton.  In the 1890s the family lived at 7 Princes Street, St Mary Magdalene Within, and George worked as a painter.  The family had two sons, Henry and Sidney, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Jane and Martha.  By 1901 George had died and Sidney was living at 2 Court, St James Street while his mother worked as a charwoman.  In late 1915 Sidney married Edith Upham from Wiveliscombe, who was working as a laundress at Taunton School.  Interestingly, Sidney's sister Lilian was also working at Taunton School at this time, as a housemaid, and may have provided the link between the pair.

As a member of the Somerset Light Infantry's 6th Batallion, Sidney would have served in the Battle of Passchendaele, which formed part of the offensive known as the Third Battle of Ypres.  Sidney died on 23rd October 1917, a rainy, cool autumn day, a few days before the Second Battle of Passchendaele was launched.  He was killed in action and no body was recovered, and he is commemorated at the Tyne Cot memorial.



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