Sydney Kensett (1888-1916) - Pte SD/699 11th Bn Royal Sussex RegimentSydney Kensett, Henry’s brother, was recorded as a “poultry man” in the 1911 census and served with the 11thSouthdowns Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment as Pte SD/699.It appears that Sydney signed up in Horsham with a large number of other local men as his Army Service Number falls into a range heavily populated by men from Horsham, Crawley and Shipley. Almost all of these joined the 11thRoyal Sussex and many were to give their lives.Although Sydney’s service record has not survived, one that has is that of Edward Phillip Kenzie from Plaistow, who carries the number SD/697 – just two away from Sydney – and also served with the 11thRSR. It is a pretty safe assumption that these men would have enlisted and served together which puts their enlistment date as September 1914 and them landing in France with the BEF in March 1916.The photograph above is of D Company of the 11thin 1916 prior to embarkation for France. Sydney is in the fourth row from the top, fifth from the left.The 11thfought at the infamous Battle of Boar’s Head at Richebourg on June 30th1916 and it was only D Company that was involved in this so Sydney was lucky to survive. He was not so fortunate just a couple of months later when, in action at Beaumont Hamel at the beginning of September, he lost his life.For the 3rdSeptember 1916 the War Diary records an attack by the 11thon the German trenches. In an abortive attack five Other Ranks were killed and Sydney was one of them.Tragically two of the four other men killed were Edgar and Thomas Heasman – brothers from Shipley. These men carried the numbers SD/689 and SD/687. Most likely Sydney signed up with them and knew them from his time in Shipley.Sydney has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and on the Southwater War Memorial.For his sacrifice he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.