Sidney Culley

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: St Denys, Southampton
Regiment: Wiltshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 235810
Died: 29th August 1917, aged 20 years
Buried: Cabin Hill Cemetery, Belgium (B.13)

 

Sidney was the youngest of 11 known siblings born to George Edward and Eva Culley (nee Derry), who married in Hereford in 1878.

The couple had 12 children, so it must be assumed that one died in infancy.

 

George was a Police Constable and was born in Mitford, Norfolk in 1854. He died in Southampton in 1934.

Eva was born in Tupsley, Herefordshire in 1858 and she passed away in Southampton in 1912.

 

The family moved to Southampton in around 1887 and were living at 41 Eastfield Road, St Denys.

 

Siblings

Eva May   b. 1879 Tupsley   d. 1940 New Forest   Married George C. Stickland in Southampton in 1918.

Eleanor   b. 1880 Battersea   d. 1965 Southampton   Married John Goodridge Oliver in St Denys in 1903.

George Edward   b. 1882 Battersea   d. 1940 Southampton   Married Edith E. Wateridge in Southampton in 1919.

Hannah   b. 1884 Battersea   d. 1968 Southampton   Married Guido Billi in Brighton in 1915.

William Henry   b. 1886 Battersea   d. 1966 Southampton   Married Isabella T. Grey in Southampton in 1919.

Lilian   b. 1888 St Denys   d. 1962 Southampton   Married Bernard V. Gardner in Southampton in 1915.

Edith   b. 1891 St Denys   d. 1963 Southampton

Alice Mary  b. 1893 St Denys   d. 1968 New Forest   Married James Lindsay on I.o.W in 1935.

Herbert (twin)   b. 1895 St Denys   d. 1975 Southampton   Married Cordelia Thresher in Southampton in 1920.

Alfred Richard (twin)   b. 1895 St Denys   d. 1896 St Denys

Sidney

 

The 2nd Battalion had been based in Gibralter when war was declared, and landed back at Southampton in September 1914.

They immediately moved to Lyndhurst, under the command of the 21st Brigade in the 7th Division.

The 21st Brigade landed at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914, and transferred to the command of the 30th Division on 19 December 1915.

 

30th Division was involved in the Battle of Passchendaele (31 July – 6 November) and this is almost certainly when Sidney perished.

He is buried with 5 of his regimental colleagues who all died within 2 weeks of each other.

 

Wytschaete was captured from the Germans during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, but fell into German hands once more on 16 April 1918.

The village was recovered for the last time on 28 September 1918.

The cemetery was begun by the 11th Division in June 1917 and used as a front-line cemetery until March 1918.

It contains 67 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

 

Sidney’s headstone reads: “At rest.”

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016
Updated:

 

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