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Remembered With Honour: Rememberance Poppy Rifleman, Sidney Herbert Whiles

Service Number 1886
Regiment 12th Battalion London Regiment (The Rangers)
Date Died 24/04/1915
Age 18
Died How? Killed In Action
Died Where? France & Flanders
Known Grave? No
UK Memorial St Michaels and All Angels Church, Walthamstow
Memorial Abroad YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Panel 54
Additional Information Eldest Son of William Herbert and Margaret Whiles, of 70, Northcote Rd, Walthamstow, London. William joined the War effort a month before (and was discharged in 1916 after being wounded in the eye), his son Sidney was killed in action, near the village of Fortuin, during the Second Battle Of Ypres. Sidney was educated at Forest Road Council School in Walthamstow and Walthamstow Higher Elementary School, at both of which he gained prizes for mathematics and also showed promise in art and divinity. He became a clerk in the National Amalgamated Insurance Society and joined The Rangers at the outbreak of War in January 1914. He went to France with the first draft of his battalion and was buried at Fortuin. His commander wrote: That he was a gallant soldier throughout and that he had personally regretted his loss, as he had frequently accompanied the officer on billet finding expeditions in which his knowledge of French enabled him to act as interpreter. A brass plate to his memory was placed in the church of St Michael and All Angels, Walthamstow (where he was a chorister for 8 years) by his old comrades.
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