Sidney Milsom 1886-1915 (KIA Battle of Hooge)

               

Sidney Milsom was the fourth son born to my Great Grandparents, Francis and Agnes, and was extremely close to his elder brother Stroud (my grandfather). Following their African adventures on safari, Sidney, Stroud and their younger brother Harry Lincoln Milsom, partnered together to purchase land in Barriere, British Columbia, and set about constructing a fruit farming business, with attached 'lodge'.  Sadly, the outbreak of WW1 put paid to their dreams and, as written previously, following the war and the deaths of three of the other brothers, the property was sold in 1919.  

At the outbreak of WW1 Sidney returned to England and enlisted in the 8th Rifle Brigade in August 1914.  After initial training at Aldershot and then moving to Grayshott in November 1914, they returned to Aldershot in March 1915 for their final training.  The Brigade then proceeded to France, landing at Boulogne on 19th May 1915.  By 30th July 1915, only four months into his time in France, Sidney and many many others, suffered at the hands of Germany's new deadly weapon - the flame-thrower!!  More can be read about the dreadful Battle of Hooge. Uncle Sidney is remembered every year, along with his comrades, at the War Memorial in Ypres .  
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Sally Milsom,
10 Nov 2016, 08:36
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Sally Milsom,
10 Nov 2016, 08:36