Sydney Edmund BOOTHBY
Rank: Private
Number: G/19089
Date of Death: 3 June 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Mark and Margaret Boothby had married in the Macclesfield area in 1894 and, two years later, their son Richard was born at Rainow. Sydney was born there in 1899. Two year later, when the Census was taken, the family was living at Oddfellows Row, Yeardsley cum Whaley - the original Cheshire part of what is now Whaley Bridge.

Sydney enlisted into the army at Stockport and the family is thought to have moved there by then - perhaps living at 72 Richardson Street, where they were known to be in the early 1920s.

On 1 June 1918, the Battalion went started another tour of duty in the trenches north of the French town of Loos. The Battalion's War Diary records that this was a "fairly quiet time". There was, however, to be some excitement on the 3rd. 30 men, under the command of two officers carried out a raid on the enemy positions at Humbug Trench with the intent of gaining intelligence by capturing prisoners who could then be interrogated. The raiders were supported by British artillery, trench mortars and machine guns all of which ensured that the Germans kept their heads down in the protection of their dugouts, allowing the Sussex men to get across No Man's Land undetected. The raid was successful and two privates from the 1st Bavarian Reserve Regiment were brought back. 4 British soldiers had been wounded. However, the raiders returned with two men less than they had started out with. Both were posted as missing but they were dead. As Sydney has a known grave, his body must have been found at some later date.

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