NUNN, Sidney

No. 16615, Private, Sidney NUNN
Aged 29

11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 17th October 1917

Sidney Nunn was born in Chippenham in 1887 (Newmarket Q2-1887 3B:551), baptised in Chippenham on July 3rd 1887, the son of George and Sarah Ann NUNN (nee SCARROW).

1891 census...Aged 3,he was at 13 New Row, Chippenham with his father George NUNN [46] agricultural labourer, born Chippenham, his mother Sarah Ann [45] born Freckenham; brother William [15] agricultural labourer, sisters Flora [11], Martha M. [8] and Gertrude [6]. All the children were born in Chippenham.

1901 census...Aged 13, he was still at 13 New Row, Chippenham with his parents and sister Gertrude.

1911 census...Aged 23, still single and a farm labourer, he was at New Row, Chippenham with his parents and married sister Flora WARD. All the children had survived.

The pension card has his sister, Miss Mary Ann NUNN, originally at c/o A.W.Tate, Manor House, Chippenham, then replaced with New Road, Chippenham.

He enlisted in Newmarket.
At the time the 11th Suffolks were part of 34th Division, 101st Brigade and were road building near the front lines to the north of Ypres. In appalling weather, deep mud everywhere and within range of German artillery and sniper fire there were steady losses despite no actual operations.
Of the eight 11st Suffolks killed on the 17th only one has an identified grave.

The Bury Free Press of 17th November 1917 reported:-

Again we have to announce the receipt of sad news regarding another of the first of the young men who left their home at the country's call early in the war. Prvt Sidney Nunn, a young man of good character, whom everyone knew in Chippenham, was one of a band of villagers who joined the Cambs Regiment (Kitchener's Army) in September 1914, and after training of over 18 months duration, was drafted to France, where he has been continuously with the exception of one leave of absence in December last. Official news of his death in action was received by his sister (with whom he resided) a few days ago. Prvt Nunn previous to joining had been employed on the La Hogue Farm from his boyhood, and was one of the most valued and trustworthy of labourers. He was also a member of the Church Choir for many years. He was in his 31st year and was unmarried.

Sidney Nunn is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, panels 40-41 and 162-162A

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