Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
14 May 1915
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Rifleman Sidney William Dorrington, 2630, 17th Battalion London Regiment, was killed while on lookout duty in the trenches on May 14th, 1915*, according to comrades. He was struck in the head by a dum-dum bullet.
In a letter to Mr Jesse Dorrinton, the deceased's father, Rifleman C. A. Scales wrote: "He was not conscious any part of the time, as morphia was injected. But he was already too far gone to feel any pain. He succumbed one hour 40 minutes after being hit, and is buried in the village beside a fallen comrade, name unknown."
The Rev Claude T. T. Wood, chaplain to the 141st Brigade, also wrote, saying: "We have just laid your son to rest in what, when the war is over, should be a very peaceful resting place for him. At present is is about 1,000 yards behind the firing line."
Rifleman Dorrington was employed at the Almagan Works, Harpenden, (Associated Rubber Manufacturers Ltd) when war broke out and enlisted together with a number of his colleagues. His brother Jesse, a former Leighton Buzzard and Heath and Reach policeman, was at the Duke of Bedford's Training Depot at Ampthill.
His father ran an off-licence at 97 New Town Street, Luton, where he lived with his wife Jane. Sidney had two sisters, Emily and Lily.
* The Commonwealth War Grave Commission record for him is confusing with three dates for his death - May 6, 15 and 16, but not the 14th.