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Sidney Moore (1892-1917) - Pte G/11432 7 th  Bn Royal Sussex Regiment    Sidney   Moore    was   born   22 nd    September   1891   at   Westons   Cottages,   baptised   on   8 th    May   1892   at   St   Nicolas   Church   and   attended Itchingfield   School   from   1896   until   he   left   at   age   12   to   start   working   as   a   stockman.   Sidney   followed   in   his   father’s   footsteps   and   in 1911   was   employed   at   Weston’s   Farm,   Itchingfield   and   on    22 nd    December   1914   he   married   Edith   Margaret   Sullivan   at   St   Nicolas Church. From   his   service   number   it   is   likely   that   Sidney   joined   a   service   battalion   of   the   Royal   Sussex   Regiment   in   1916   and   after   his   seven weeks or so of basic training was probably sent to France. At   the   time   that   Sidney   died,   the   7 th    Royal   Sussex   were   heavily   involved   in   the   Battle   of   Arras   –   more   specifically   the   Third   Battle   of   the Scarpe.   It   is   likely   that   he   was   killed   during   the   consolidation   phase   of   Bayonet   and   Scabbard   trenches   after   7 th    Sussex   took   the   latter   on the   3 rd    May   1917.   Heavy   enemy   bombardments   were   reported   in   the   War   Diary   for   the   4 th/ 5 th    May   and   Battalion   dead   were   not   moved from   positions   until   6 th .   Some   55   Other   Ranks   were   killed   in   this   engagement   and   many   bodies   were   never   found.   Sidney   was   one   of these, listed as Killed in Action on the 3 rd  May 1917 but with no known grave. Sidney   is   listed   on   the   Arras   Memorial   in   Pay   de   Calais   and   is   remembered   on   the   Itchingfield   War   Memorial.   The   Parish   Magazine   of July 1917 quotes his Captain who wrote to Sidney’s mother stating that he was “killed in the front line and died a soldier’s death ”. Sidney was awarded the Victory and British War Medals for his service. Soldiers leaving the Front after the Battle of Arras © IWM (Q5238)
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