No.41927, Private, Sidney Charles BOWERS
Aged 19

8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
formerly 30412 Norfolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Thursday 4th October 1917

Born in Newmarket in Q2-1898 [Newmarket 3b:515] to Edward Archibald and Eliza BOWERS (née ANDREWS) of Stanley Road, Newmarket.

1901 census...Sidney[2] was at Stanley Road, Newmarket with his father Edward [32] a stableman born Horringer; his mother Eliza [30] and brothers Edward Archibald 'Archie'[5] and Montague [1] and sister Ethel [2 months]. All the children were born in Newmarket
His mother died in 1905.

1911 census...Sidney [13] was living at 6 Montpelier Terrace, Lisburn Road,Newmarket with his widowed father, brothers Edward 'Archie' and Montague and a new brother, Bruce [9]. His brothers Henry Charles, Ronald Norton and Reginald Dudley, and sister Ethel had all died. Living with them were housekeeper Louise Sherman and her children, William Arthur Sherman [9], Queenie Louise Sherman [7], Ada Bowers Sherman [3] and Henry Joseph Sherman [1].

Sidney's elder brother Archie was killed a year earlier see here

and his nephew Robert was killed serving in the RAF in WW2 see here

On the 3rd of October 1917 the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment moved forward for an attack the following morning on the enemy line situated on a ridge to the east of Zonnebeke and to the south of the Menin Road, as part of the Battle of Broodseinde. At 6am on the 4th of October they leapt from their trenches and after an advance of some 100 yards they were subjected to a "murderous" machine gun fire from the German front trench where an estimated 100 defenders still held the line. The machine gun fire coupled with local counter attacks meant that the attack failed with casualties among the Lincolns of 5 officers killed, 3 officers wounded with 176 other ranks killed wounded or missing.

No known grave - Sidney is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Ref panel 35-37 and 162-162A
and on the Roll of Honour of All Saints School, Newmarket

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details