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, 2/4th 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, together with the 2/5th Lincolns, were in support of the 2/4th and 2/5th Leicesters, who would lead the attack. The objective was to push the front line further to the east, in the direction of ‘s Graventafel. On the way the men had to take several farms, which had been turned into concrete strong points by the Germans.
In the early morning of September 26, the attack began. After the Leicesters took the first objective with relative ease they dug near Dochy Farm in and the Lincolns took over. They still didn’t meet much resistance. According to the war diary many Germans surrendered easily. Having met little opposition the Divisional commander, Major-General Romer, ordered the Lincolns to capture Riverside and Otto Farm. The 2/5th attacked Riverside Farm, while the 2/4th advanced towards Otto Farm. Both objectives were captured, but the impulsive attack was not well prepared. The allied artillery barrage was dropping short causing several casualties amongst the Lincolns. And the 2/4th and 2/5th were forced to abandon Riverside and Otto Farm and they started to dig in.
Private Sidney Gilbert was killed in action on the 26th of September 1917. He was buried about 150 meters west of Otto Farm, close to the final consolidation line. This may suggest that he fell during the attack on Otto farm. Though the prior advance had been a success, the attack on Otto Farm was an utter failure. The men were caught by friendly fire and were eventually forced to retreat. Sidney Gilbert’s remains were exhumed and interred in the Dochy Farm New British Cemetery.