Family Life Before The War
Sydney Albert Sanger was born in Southampton in 1897 to Frederick and Ellen E Sanger. His father Frederick was born in 1871 in Southampton, his mother Ellen was also born in Southampton in 1874.
He had 6 brothers – Frederick M (1895) – George H (1900) – Reginald (1902) – Stanley (1904) – Clifford (1908) and Alexander (1911). He also had 2 sisters – Dora I (1896) and Ida (1906). One sibling had died. All were born in Southampton.
In the census of 1911 his father was working as a dock labourer, his brother Frederick worked as a telephone lad on the docks. The family lived at 10 Western Terrace, Southampton.
Sydney joined the 15th (2nd Portsmouth) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment which was raised at Portsmouth on the 5th of April 1915 by the Mayor and local Committee. It was adopted by The War Office on the 30th of May 1915.
After initial training close to home they joined 122nd Brigade, 41st Division at Aldershot in October.
In February 1916 they moved to the Marlborough Lines, Aldershot for final training and proceeded to France in early May, the division concentrating between Hazebrouck and Bailleul. In 1916 they were in action at The Battle of Flers-Courcelette and The Battle of the Transloy Ridges on the Somme.
In 1917 they fought during The Battle of Messines which is where Sidney was killed in action. He was awarded the Victory Medal and British Medal.
He is buried at Bus House Cemetery, grave reference B.23. The cemetery stands behind a farmhouse that was called “Bus House” by the troops during the First World War. It became a cemetery in June to November 1917
The regiment went on to see action at The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of the Menin Road and took part in the operations on the Flanders coast.
Sydney’s brothers Frederick and George also served during the war.
Frederick served as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery Anti Aircraft. He volunteered in August 1914 and was sent to France where he played an important part in many engagements, engaged in action at Vimy Ridge, The Somme, Lens, Bullecourt Wood and Cambrai and also during the retreat and advance of the allies in 1918. He suffered from shell shock and in March 1919 was demobilised, holding the 14/15 star and the General Service and Victory Medals. His address was 64 Chapel Road, Chapel, Southampton.
George Sanger served in the Merchant Service as an Able Seaman. He volunteered in February 1915 and did duty on the Bellerophon , the Gloucester Castle and the Alcantara, carrying wounded from France to Southampton and troops to and from the various battle areas in the East. He holds the General Service and Mercantile Marine war medals and was demobilised in November 1918. He also lived at 64 Chapel Road, Chapel, Southampton.
Researched by Brenda White 21st April 2013.