Sidney Marsh Knowles

Date of birth: 25th May 1891
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment: Oxford & Bucks Light
Battalion: 2/1st Bucks
Rank / Service No: Private, 33600
Died: 27th March 1918, aged 26 years
Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, France


Sidney was the oldest of 4 siblings born to Thomas and Lilly Ruth Knowles (nee Marsh), who married in Southampton in 1888.

The family lived for many years at 78 Derby Road, St. Mary’s.


Thomas, a joiner, was born in Settle, Yorkshire on 28 May 1856. He died in Southampton in 1925.

Lilly was born in the city in 1862 and she passed away in 1938.



Sidney Marsh  

Ethel Elizabeth Marsh   b. 1894 St. Mary’s   d. 1960 Southampton   Married Henry W. Norman in Southampton in 1927.

George Richard Marsh   b. 1895 St. Mary’s   d. 1966 Southampton

Stanley Thomas Marsh   b. 1897 St. Mary’s   d. 11 August 1918 France   See separate story.


Sidney married May Alderton in Southampton in 1915. May was born in Alverstoke on 6 May 1890 and she married Edward Holland in Southampton in 1922.


Sidney and May had no children and May passed away in Trowbridge in 1982.



The 2/1st Bucks battalion was formed in Aylesbury in September 1914. It was attached to the 184th Brigade in the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division when they landed in France on 24 May 1916.


On 19 July, the battalion was heavily involved in the Battle of Fromelles….many casualties resulted.


The 184th Brigade was in the rear lines during most of the Battle of the Somme, although casualties were still suffered as they supported the front lines.


Sidney died a week into the Spring Offensive, a series of German attacks along the Western Front.

By mid-April the Germans had withdrawn from most of the territorial gains because of stretched supply lines.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016


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