28 January 1918: Bombadier Sidney Wagstaff

Sidney Wagstaff was born 24 August 1892 in Ashton-upon-Mersey, Co, Chester

Location of Ashton-upon-Mersey in the north west of England (cc OpenStreetMap)

Parents Jesse Braizer Wagstaff (Ironmonger and House Furnisher) of 229, Great Western Street, Moss Side, Manchester.

229, Great Western Street, Moss Side, Manchester. (C) Google Street View 2021 Picture from 2018

Before the outbreak of war Sidney was employed in his father’s furnishing business. He was for many years a member of the Manchester Wednesday Motor and Cycling Club.

In 1913 Sidney won the Anfield 100 CC Mile Unpaced Invitation Race another 100 mile road race and a 50 mile race and a 30 mile race. 

British soldiers with members of the Egyptian Camel Transport Corps, carrying water for troops, Sheik Nakhrur, 1917

Sidney enlisted 28 August 1914 and served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Egypt and Palestine from 5 May 1915 proceeding to France in February 1917.

22 September 1917 he was wounded and severely gassed. 

28 January 1918, while on leave and visiting Ripon, Sidney died in a drowning accident.

EAW042048: Manchester Southern Cemetery, Barlow Moor.  22nd March 1952, Aerofilms Collection

The body was taken to Manchester by rail. Sidney was buried in a full military ceremony at the Southern Cemetery, Manchester.

Pension Card from The Western Front Association digital archive on Fold3 by Ancestry

705574 Bombadier Sidney Walter Wagstaff East Lancashire Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Force).

28 January 1918

Research by Jonathan Vernon


Manchester Evening News, 27 March 1918 (page 2) from British Newspaper Archive; English Census Returns 1891, 1901, 1911; De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 

Soldiers in Egypt from a collection of photographs taken by Corporal Joseph Egerton, Shropshire Yeomanry in Sinai and Palestine. NAM. 2002-05-1-88