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22 Sep 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
Sydney Charles Powell was born in 1882 in Luton.
In 1904 Sydney married Lizzie Gregory.
In 1911 Sydney is 29 years old & living with his family at 52 Ash Road & working as a straw hat packer with A. Hucklesby & Co, by whom he had been employed from the age of 17. Lizzie is 28 & working as a straw hat machinist at home whilst looking after their children, 6 year old Doris & 4 year old Sidney Charles. Lizzie's 73 year old widowed father George Gregory is also living with them in this 4 roomed house.
Sydney joined the 32nd battalion of The Royal Fusiliers in June 1915. On 5th May 1916 the battalion was sent to France after training at Edinburgh.
On 22 September 1917 Sydney was killed in action. His family was by then living at 74 Ash Road with three children at home.
Sydney is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
A memorial plaque can also be found to him & his wife Lizzie in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road.