Pte Gilbert Sidney

  • Date of birth: 26/04/1894
  • Place of birth: Alford, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Date of death: 26/09/1917
  • Place of death: Otto Farm, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 23
  • Profession: Unknown
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 40074
  • Enlistment date: Unknown
  • Enlistment place: Louth, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Last known unit: Lincolnshire Regiment, 2nd/4th Bn.
  • Force: British Expeditionary Force


Additional information

Private Sidney Gilbert served with the Lincolnshire Regiment, 2/4th Battalion. As part of the 177th Brigade of the 59th (2nd North Midland) Division, this battalion fought in the Battle of Polygon Wood, a phase in the Third Battle of Ypres. The 2/4th were, together with the 2/5th, in support of the 2/4th and 2/5th Leicesters. The objective was to push the front line further to the east, in the direction of ‘s Graventafel. They had to take several farms which had been turned into strong points by the Germans. In the early morning of September 26, the attack began . After the 2/4th Leicesters took the first objective with ease, the 2/4th Lincolns took over. They still didn’t meet much resistance. According to the war diary many Germans surrendered easily. The 2/4th was held up by their own barrage and started to dig in. The exact circumstances in which private Gilbert died are unknown. His body was found about 150 meters west of Otto Farm. This farm was past the second objective line. But the divisional commander, Major-General Romer, decided to try and capture Riverside and Otto Farms as a plus. It is probably during the attack on Otto farm that private Gilbert was killed in action. Though the advance had been a success, the attack on Otto Farm was a failure. After the war his body was found and reburied on the Dochy Farm New British Cemetery.