Lance Corporal Sidney Baines

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

19 Oct 1918

War time / or Pre War occupation



Powdrill & Son

Service Number


Place of Birth

Heath and Reach
United Kingdom

World War I Address

14 Windmill Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph , 2nd November 1918
L-Cpl Sidney Baines

L-Cpl Sidney Baines, 83889, Machine Gun Corps, died in the Middle East from malaria on October 19th, 1918. He was aged about 34 and left a widow Nellie, whom he had not officially married, plus two children living at 14 Windmill Street, High Town.

Nellie Holding informed the military authorities that she and Sidney had lived together for several years and had children Gwendoline Elsie (born 1914) and Sidney John (1916). She said their plans to marry were prevented by Sidney being sent to Egypt.

Sidney was working as a labourer for Powdrill & Son prior to enlisting in December 1915. His parents lived at Heath and Reach, near Leighton Buzzard,

Sidney is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour under the name Sidney Baines-Holding, the surname adopted by his children. Nellie finally married in 1921, her husband being Bert Fensome.

L-Cpl Sidney Baines

Author: Deejaya

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