Rank: Private
Number: 20627
Unit: C Company, 22nd Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 23
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Sydney Everett had been born at Melton, Suffolk, the son of James & Hannah Everett. He was one of nine children listed on the 1901 Census. It's not known when they moved north but locally, they lived at 133 Stockport Road, Cheadle. He attended the parish church and was a member of the Oddfellows and Cheadle Conservative Club.

Sydney was well known as a racing cyclist and had won the Clamon Cup at Belle Vue, Manchester, in 1914.

In the autumn of 1914, he joined the army, enlisting into the seventh of the "Pals Battalions" being formed by the Manchester Regiment. He was assigned to No. 10 Platoon, "C" Company. Some details of the recruitment and training of the Pals can be found here. Whilst still in training, a group photograph of each platoon was taken and these were published in the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour. Although no-one is identified separately on the photograph, Sydney is recorded as being a Lance Corporal - presumably some later unknown misdemeanour caused his demotion back to Private.

The Battalion went overseas to France in November 1915. Sydney was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

(Original research by John Hartley for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website.)

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