Sidney MOSTON
Rank: sergeant
Number: 6342
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 14 May 1917
Age: 38
Cemetery: Roclincourt Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Sidney was born in the parish of St Thomas' C of E Church, Stockport and , in 1914, was living with his brother on Edward Street. As a young man he had joined the regular army and had served in South Africa during the Boer War. After completing his time, he returned to Stockport . He was still an army reservist and was recalled to the colours when war was declared in August 1914.

On the day he was killed, Sidney was in trenches, south east of the village of Willerval (10 kilometres north east of the French town of Arras). The Battalion's War Diary records "Enemy artillery less active. Movement not allowed out of the trenches. Casualties ORs I killed, 1 wounded." Sidney was the one OR (Other Rank - not officer) killed.

Although there are military cemeteries at Willerval, Sidney is buried a few kilometres away at Roclincourt. It possibly suggests that Sidney was in the reserve positions and it was easier to take his body to that location, but it is unusual.

   
           
   
     
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