Born Lambeth 18th March 1897
Died France 2nd June 1916

Monumemt to the
Royal Fusiliers
City of London Regiment
High Holborn

Sidney Strickland Clinch was the tenth child of thirteen born to James Francis Clinch and Marie Jeanie Clinch ne้ Strickland. He was born and brought up in West Norwood area of South London. He probably went to Gypsy Hill School like his brothers. During the First World War he enlisted at West Norwood in the Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment, as Private number 2640. He died,on the 2nd June 1916 age 19, in France serving in the 5th Entrenching Battalion. He is buried at Fauboug-D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras , France, Plot 1 Row C Grave 15.

Arras British Army War Cemetary
Sidney Clinch's grave at the British Cemetary Arras.
The inscription on the stone chosen by his parents is
"In memory never forgotten"

St.Lukes West Norwood

Sidney Clinch's name on the plaque outside St.Luke's Church West Norwood.

My father John Herbert Clinch born 1903 was Sidney's youngest brother. I do not know how Sidney died but he is not listed in records as died in action or of wounds just that he died. The only photograph of Sidney as an adult is on a photograph of his mother in about 1920 she is wearing a locket with a just about distinguishable photograph of a soldier in it, presumably Sidney, the only one of her nine sons she lost in the war.
Sidney S. Clinch
Sidney Clinch in 1902

John Clinch
September 1998


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