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26 Mar 1916
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Cpl Sydney Francis Waring, 4083, who was wounded in the 1/5th Bedfords charge at Gallipoli on August 15th, 1915, died in the 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, on March 26th, 1916, following a second operation. He was aged 31 and left widow May and two children living at 26 Elizabeth Street, Luton.
Before the war he was employed at Messrs J. C. Kershaw and Co's hat warehouse in George Street, and was a well-known cricketer who had been in the cricket team that won the Luton and District League in 1914.
After enlisting in the 1/5th Beds Regiment, he left England on active service in late July 1915, landed in Gallipoli on August 11th and was severely wounded in the head in the charge on August 15th.
He was brought back to England and admitted to a Bristol hospital on September 10th and remained there for four months. On being discharged from hospital he returned to light duties at Shoreham Camp, Sussex, and was granted 10 days leave.
Cpl Waring came home apparently restored to health. However, his wound did not heal satisfactorily and it was decided to operate on him again at the 2nd Eastern General Hospital. It was while undergoing the second operation that he died.
The funeral took place with full military honours at Luton General Cemetery on Saturday, April 1st, 1916. A detachment of men from the 2/5th Leicesters lined upside his home at 26 Elizabeth Street and, watched by a large crowd, the coffin draped in a Union Jack was carried to the cemetery on a gun carriage drawn by six horse and attended by a gun team from the 3/5th London R.F.A.
The funeral service was conducted by Methodist minister the Rev A. Fawcett, and at the graveside three volleys were fired after the service concluded.
Luton-born Cpl Waring, who had been a member of the Church Street Primitive Methodist choir, had married May Camp in 1911. They had two children - Sydney (born 1912) and Winifred (born 1914).
[Cemetery records give Cpl Waring's cause of death as meningitis following wounds.]