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Date of Birth
Date of Death
28 Apr 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Sgt Sidney Cherry, 50457, 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, was presumed killed in action near Arras on or soon after April 28th, 1917. He was aged 32.
His widow, Mabel, at 162 High Town Road, Luton, had received a letter from a Seaforth Highlander stating that during an advance they were lifting a dead German officer in a trench when a pocket-case fell from the officer's jacket. It contained photographs and cards relating to Sgt Cherry's family. It was not known how they had come into the German's possession.
Mrs Cherry later received an official notification that her husband was missing, followed by a letter from an officer in her husband's battalion stating that Sgt Cherry went "over the top" on April 28th in an advance and no more was seen of him.
Sidney Cherry, son of James and Lizzie Cherry, of 74 Hastings Street, Luton, had previously worked for hat manufacturer Mr Albert Impey, of 50 Reginald Street. He had married Mabel Bonfield at St Matthew's Church, Luton, on April 17th, 1911.
He joined the Bedfordshire Regiment in September 1914 and was appointed an instructor. He went to France in March 1917.
Sidney Cherry was a keen swimmer and a member of Luton Swimming Club.