Rank or Title

Service Number

19752

Place of Birth

Islington
United Kingdom

World War I Address

United Kingdom

Place of Death

Belgium

Grave Location

Boeschepe Military Cemetery
Belgium

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

 

Pte Sidney George Higgins, 19752, 8th Bedfordshire Regiment, died on April 25th, 1916, from wounds sustained in action at Poperinghe that day. He was aged 36 and had enlisted in February 1915.

The son of Elizabeth and the late John Higgins, of Islington, he was born in 1879. In 1907 he married Mabel Richardson, from Dunstable, and in the 1911 Census they were living in Southampton, Sidney as a butcher's shop manager. By then Sidney and Mabel had two children, a girl aged two and a boy (also named Sidney George) aged one.

It may be that the family were still living in Southampton in April 1916 as there appears to be no mention of Sidney's death in Luton newspapers. However, Mabel returned here and in 1919 married Peter Walsh.

Sidney (in some records 'Sydney') is included on the Luton Roll of Honour compiled after the war, when Mabel was living at 38 Stanley Street, Luton.

 

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