Sydney Bratherton, Gunner 141279, 152nd Siege Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in action 1 June 1918 in Belgium, aged 20
Sydney Bratherton was born on 18 January and baptised on 2 March 1898 at Christ Church, Macclefield, the son of Esther Annie and Albert Bratherton, a labourer of 157 Crompton Rd, Macclesfield.
Sydney enlisted in Macclesfield on 20 January 1916 but was discharged to the Army Reserve on 17 July 1916 after it was discovered that he had lied about his age and was still under nineteen, the legal minimum age for armed service overseas.
Sydney was recalled for service on 8 March 1917 and sent to Cooden Camp, East Sussex, for training. On 4 May 1917 he was reprimanded for overstaying his leave by 22 hours (probably the last time he went home before being drafted overseas. His punishment seems relatively light – one hour’s extra drill on 7 May and forfeit of one day’s pay.
Sydney was drafted overseas on 10 May 1917, and was killed in action just over a year later on 1 June 1918.
Gunner Sydney Bratherton is buried at Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium, in grave ref. IV. A. 3. His brother Percy, of 83 Chelford Rd, Broken Cross, Macclesfield, paid for the inscription “DUTY NOBLY DONE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Gunner Sydney Bratherton, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of Percy Bratherton, who served as Private 32524 with the 1/5 South Lancashire Regt; and Donald Bratherton, who also served.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Deaths
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (Find My Past): Christ Church, Macclesfield
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website