Sydney Frank Clift

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2/5th (T.F.)
Rank / Service No: Private, 241242
Died: 10th April 1918, aged 21 years
Commemorated: Jerusalem War Memorial, Israel


Sydney was the third of 4 siblings born to Frank and Helen Clift (nee Ponsford), who married in Southampton in 1887.

Frank was born in Broughton in 1866 and died in Southampton in 1931. Helen was also born in 1866, in Southampton, and she passed away in Winchester in 1940.

The family lived at 38 New Road, St Mary’s.



Ethel May   b. 1888 Southampton   d. 1894 Southampton

Frederick William b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1927 Southampton   Married Dora Smith in Southampton in 1923.

Sydney Frank 

Thomas Victor Albert b. 1905 Southampton   d. 1957 Southampton   Married ena M. Matthews in Southampton in 1934.


The 2/5th battalion was formed on Salisbury Plain in September 1914. They joined the 2/1st Hampshires in the 2nd Wessex Division in the October and sailed for India on 13 December.

They arrived in Bombay on 4 January 1915, the Divison was broken up battalions were placed around India.


The battalion embarked for Egypt in March 1917 and transferred to the 233rd Brigade in the 75th Division in the April.

They immediately were dispatched to Palestine, to fight the Turks.

Sydney died during the Battle of Berukin, fought between 9th – 11th April 1918.


The Memorial stands in Jerusalem War Cemetery and commemorates 3,300 Commonwealth servicemen who died during WW1 in operations in Egypt or Palestine and have no known grave.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 23rd June 2016


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