Arthur SIBBRING
Rank: Private
Number: 26931
Unit: 9th Battalion SHERWOOD FORESTERS
Date of Death: 10 June 1917
Age: 32
Cemetery: Irish House Cemetery, Wijtschate, Belgium

Arthur was the second member of the family to be killed during the War. His younger brother, Leonard, had died the previous summer.

The census of 1901 shows the Sibbring family living at 13 Redoubt Street in Nottingham. George Sibbring, then 41, was an iron moulder and was married to Elizabeth. They had seven children - Arthur (then 16), Lillian (15), John (10), Mary (8), Leonard (7), Joy (5) and Winifred (3). Arthur was working in the local lace making industry as a bobbiner.

It is probable that it was George's work that brought the family to Bredbury, but it is not known when. The family lived at 52 George Lane and worshipped at St Mark's Church.

In the days leading up to his death, Arthur was in the front line near the village of Wijtschate - known to the Tommies as "White Sheet". The position had been captured during a major attack on the 7th and the Foresters came in the next day to relieve a battalion of the attackers. In the evening, the Germans shelled the neighbouring units on the left and their infantry attempted a small scale counterattack with about 300 men but this was driven off. As a precaution, the Foresters "stood to" all night and the reserve company was ordered to be ready to immediately come to the aid of the front line troops if there was an attack. The situation quietened down by late evening.

However, there continued to be intermittent heavy shelling through the night and next morning with several casualties, including two officers killed. The morning of the 10th was quiet but during the afternoon, the heavy intermittent shelling started up again. At 10.30pm, both sides opened up heavy artillery barrages which continued for about an hour. Arthur was a victim of the day's bombardment.

(With thanks for information to Steve Morse, a fellow member of the Great War Forum and author of the Battalion's history. John Hartley)

   
           
   
     
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