Sydney MOORE
Rank: Private
Number: 3782
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 21 September 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsaart, Somme, France

Sydney was born in Manchester, the son of Abraham and Mrs Moore. The family later moved to 234 Gorton Road, Reddish. Sydney had attended North Reddish Council School and was active in the Old Scholars Association.

He worked as a fitter at Furnival & Co, Reddish, until he enlisted in January 1915. His brother also joined up and is thought to have survived the war.

By the early autumn of 1916, the Battle of the Somme had been raging for over two months, but Sydney and his mates in the 6th Cheshires had not been called on to take part in a major attack. They had spent many weeks in the front line and 21st September was no exception. They were in trenches at Beaumont Hamel in the heart of the battlefield. The Battalion's War Diary records "Weather still inclement. Hostile trench mortars active on front line all day but did not create much damage. Fatigue parties generally engaged in repairing damage caused by recent heavy rains. 2 O.R. killed. 2 O.R. wounded."

Sydney was one of the two O. R. (Other Rank) killed, presumably by a shell from the enemy mortars. The other man killed was Joseph Meadows. They are buried next to each other.

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