Born: 1893, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
Died: 20th November 1917; age 24; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 71529
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 35th Coy.
Formerly 9193, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Panel 12 & 13.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Charles & Elizabeth Barrell, of 52, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.
1901 52, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.
Sidney was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Charles Barrell, 52, a Baker & Bread Maker – own account, born Ipswich.
Elizabeth Barrell (nee Brame), 49, born Stowupland, Suffolk.
Emily Barrell, 25, a Dressmaker – own account, born Ipswich.
Walter Barrell, 22, a Steam Engine Fitter, born Ipswich.
Herbert Barrell, 19, an Apprentice Steam Engine Fitter, born Ipswich.
1911 52, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.
Sidney was 17 years old, a Shop Assistant. He was living with his widowed father & brothers.
Charles, 60, a Baker – own account.
Walter, 32, a Engine Fitter.
Herbert, 29, a Baker’s Assistant.
Sidney’s mother Elizabeth Barrell died, 1901, Ipswich. His father Charles Barrell died, 1911, Ipswich.
MACHINE GUN CORPS.
The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton Park in Grantham Lincolnshire also a training base depot at Camiers in France .the men were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.
The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.