Sidney Fred Moden (1889–1916) was Rifleman (S/15364) in the 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). He is recorded here as reported missing in France in September 1916 died presumably at the Battle of the Somme. He is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial (Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C) as being killed in action on 19 August 1916. He is also commemorated on the war memorial at the Cambridge Guildhall.

Sidney was born in 1889 in Cambridge. He was the youngest of seven children born to Henry Moden and Elizabeth Moden, formerly Peacock (née Rich). Sidney worked as a chef together with his older brother, Percy, in his father’s public house, The Wheatsheaf at 3 Market Hill, Cambridge. He enlisted on 11 February 1916 in Bloomsbury, London and became Rifleman (S/15364) of the 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). At the time of enlistment he was living at 78 York Road, Lambeth, London. Shortly after enlisting he married Rachel Elizabeth Newman (1889–1968) in Cambridge. Sidney was killed in action on 19 August 1916 in France. He was entitled to the British War medal and the Victory medal. Sidney’s widow remarried in 1924 to a Percy C. Madgwick (c1892–1960).

Moden grave
Moden grave




Lat Lon : 52.202101 0.13812016 – click here for location

Parish : St Mary the Great

See family grave page for more information





The War Graves Photographic Project; this grave was located and recorded by the Sixth-formers of the Parkside Federation, Cambridge on 14 November 2012.
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914–1920
“Moden” Street Directory Entries listed by Miss Enid Porter in 1975 (Cambridgeshire Collection)
Cambridge Folk Museum Spring Exhibition, 1975: – “H. A. Moden–Cambridge Cartoonist” (Cambridgeshire Collection) [See download]
Cambridge Evening News, 28 June 1985 (Cambridgeshire Collection) [See download]
Cambridge Weekly News, 16 October 1986 (Cambridgeshire Collection) [See download]
The Magazine of the Cambridge Society, May 1997, pp105–106 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

Communications from Robin Mansfield, maternal half-second cousin to Sidney Fred Moden

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Sidney Fred Moden