HUSON, Sidney Walpole

No.430856, Lance Corporal, Sidney Walpole HUSON
Aged 33

123rd Battalion, Canadian Pioneers
Killed in Action on Sunday, 21st October 1917

Sidney Walpole Huson was born on 11th November 1883 in Gazeley (Newmarket Q4-1883 3B:544), son of William Walter and Catherine E.HUSON (née PINNER).

1891 census...Aged 7, he was at London House, Main Street, Gazeley with his father William W HUSON [37] grocer/draper/sub-post master, born in Norwich; his mother Catherine E [39] born City of London; brothers Ernest W [13] and Arthur V [3] and sister Hilda M [9]. All the children were born in Gazeley.

1901 census...Aged 17, an electrician, he was at the Street, Gazeley with his parents and brother Arthur and sister Gertrude K [21] born Gazeley.

1911 census...He has not been found in this census, possibly he is in Canada, but his travelling has not been found. His parents and sister Gertrude were still in Gazeley. The reference to "husband of Catherine Eliza Huson" in CWGC would appear to refer to his mother.

His Canadian Army records show him marrying on 5th August 1915 at Elham in Kent. The marriage registers show his wife to be Lottie HUMPHREYS. His wife was at 54 Windsor Road, Church End, Finchley. She appears to be Welsh born from Cwmbran, near Newport and from the dates on his documents are most likely to have known each other before he left for Canada. Available records show three possible Sidney Huson travelling to Canada between 1902 and 1915.

He enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia on 31st March 1915, giving his next of kin as father, William HUSON of Gazeley, Suffolk, England .
Aged 31 (born 11th November 1883), he weighed 170 lbs (77.4 kg), was 5 feet 7 inches (170.2)tall, 42"-46"(106.7 to 127.3 cm) chest, grey eyes, brown hair, Church of England, occupation electrical engineer, educated East Anglian School, Bury St Edmunds.
He was single on enlistment and had previous military experience with the 88th Victoria Fusiliers.
click here to go to his Canadian Army records
Posted to the 48th Battalion, they sailed from Canada on 10th July 1915. On the 9th March 1916 he went to France and on 12th November 1916 he was promoted to Lance Corporal.
Transferred to the 123rd Battalion on 8th May 1917, he was then attached to 3 Division Signals Company on 18th May and was killed in action on 21st October 1917. Exactly where is not recorded but it was just outside Ypres.

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

We regret to record the death in action of a very promising young man, who like so many of England's sons from over the seas, joined up to help the mother country in her hour of need. Lance Corpl. Sidney W.Huson, second son of Mr. H.W.Huson of the Post Office, Gazeley, had gone to the colonies to seek his fortune, and following the outbreak of the war, he joined the Canadians in British Columbia, and came to this country with the 48th, but was later transferred to the signal section of the Canadian Artillery and after about six months went out to France, where he did good service, as stated in letters from his officers to his wife after his death in action on October 22nd, warm and sympathetic testimony being borne to his bravery and other fine qualities.

photo: Rodney Gibson

Sidney Huson is buried in Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Belgium, grave 5:E:13

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