Jeffries (also Jeffreys/ Jeffreyes)
Service Number: 16965
Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry
Battalion/Unit number: 8th Service Battalion
Date/year of Birth: 1896
Place of Birth: Taunton
Place of Residence: 10 Somerset Place, Alfred
Date of Death: 1st July 1916
Place of Death: Somme
Burial/Memorial: Thiepval Memorial
In 1901, Sidney was four years old.
His father & mother were Samuel and Thomasine Jeffreys, both born in
the Somerset area. Samuel worked at
the St James Street gas works. The
couple had ten children in all and by 1911, only Mabel (17), Sidney (15) and
Bertie (8) were still at home. The
family also had an ex-soldier boarding with them – all in just 4 rooms at
Sidney enlisted in Taunton & joined one of the new service battalions of
volunteers. He was posted to France,
arriving in Le Havre on 10th September 1915.
He may have been involved in the Battle of Loos, an offensive notable for
first use of poison gas by the British forces.
The following year Sidney was one of the 58,000 casualties of the British Army
who died on the first day of the first Battle of the Somme.
death is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, the memorial to more than 72,000
men who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave.