Sidney Bevan (1891–1915) was Private (9182), 7th (Service) Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment. His death was recorded in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord) in northern France, the date given there being 12 July 1915. He was also commemorated on the war memorial at St Luke’s Cambridge together with his younger brother, Leonard Bevan.

Sidney Bevan
Sidney Bevan

Sidney was born in 1891 in Cambridge. He was the eighth of the ten children of Philip Blackmore Bevan and Susan Bevan (née Barton**). Sidney grew up at Priory Street and 23 Victoria Road, Cambridge. He was apprenticed as a house painter. Like his younger brother, Leonard Bevan, he played cricket. Sidney played for Mr E Northfield’s cricket XI. After the outbreak of war Sidney joined the 7th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment as Private (9182). The Battalion was formed on 20 August 1914 at Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk as part of the First New Army (K1) and then moved to Shorncliffe, Kent to join the 35th Brigade of the 12th Division. They then moved to Aldershot, Hampshire in February 1915. On 30 May 1915 the Battalion mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne, France. It then engaged in action on the Western Front.

Sidney died of shrapnel wounds to the head on 12 July 1915 in northern France. He was awarded the 1914–15 star campaign medal of the British Empire. He was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal.
Sidney Bevan: newspaper report of death

(** Cousins!! — Susan Bevan (née Barton) was the sister of Sarah Elizabeth Curzon (née Barton). Sarah was the mother of Arthur William Harry Curzon and Frederick Barton Curzon, who were also killed in the First World War. Thus the Bevan brothers and the Curzon brothers were cousins.)

Bevan Brothers Grave
Bevan headstone

 

 

Lat Lon : 52.202715, 0.13651052 – click here for location

Parish : St Andrew the Great

See family grave page for more information

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
War Graves Photographic Project
www.forces-war-records.co.uk
www.ancestry.co.uk
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http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeStLukes.html
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/CambridgeGasCompany.html
Census returns for England: 1891, 1901, 1911
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UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 – 1919
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Web: International, Find A Grave Index
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 22 July 1910
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 19 August 1910
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 9 May 1913
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 20 June 1913
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 22 August 1913
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 10 October 1913
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 17 October 1913
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 23 July 1915
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 28 December 1917

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Sidney Bevan