CUTTING. Sidney Charles

No.7695, Corporal, Sidney Charles CUTTING
Aged 25

1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on 18th February 1915

Sydney Charles Cutting was born in Rougham (4th qtr 1889 Thingoe 4a:670) son of Elijah and Sarah Elizabeth CUTTING (née CLUTTERHAM)

1891 census...Aged 1, he was at High Rougham with his father Elijah CUTTING [30] farm labourer; his mother Sarah [30] and brother William [4]. All were born in Rougham.

1901 census...Aged 11, he was at 21 King's Hall Street, Rougham with his parents; brother William (farm labourer); sisters Ethel Alice [9] and Florence Louisa [4].

1911 census...Aged 22 he was at the Military Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt, a Private in the 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. His parents were still at King's Hall Street with his brother William and sister Florence. His mother had lost 2 of her 6 children.

On the pension card his mother was at 45 King's Hall Street, Rougham

He enlisted in Bury St. Edmunds.
The 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment had been stationed in Egypt and returned to England in October. They spent some time in Lichfield, then Felixstowe before going to Winchester prior to going to France in January 1915. In early February they were in the Ypres Salient, billeted near Ouderdom.
On the afternoon of 15th February the Germans attacked, and at one point succeeded in piercing the divisional front line. Two battalions of the 85th Brigade delivered a counter attack which was only partially successful. The 1st Suffolk were therefore order up to take over some temporary trenches south of Ypres and west of the canal which those two battalions had occupied. These so called trenches were banks scarcely offering cover from view and mostly waist deep in water, overlooked and enfiladed, they were actually untenable.
On 18th February 1915 the 1st Suffolks, having been alternatively holding water filled trenches or trying to capture 'O' trench, just south of Ypres, were relieved and went to billets in Kruistraat. The reason for 28 to be listed as killed on 18th would have been that some of the missing when the roll was called, were later presumed dead. Of the 28 only 5 have known graves.

Sidney Cutting is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres panel 21

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