Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1915.


Born: 1895, St. Michael’s, Ipswich.

Regarded as dead: 27th July 1916; age 21.

Enlistment Location: Norwich, Norfolk.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 8786

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 1D.

Thiepval Memorial,






1901   4, Windsor Terrace, Cox Lane, Ipswich.


Bertie was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Walter Kidby, 59, a Fish Merchant, born Felsham, Suffolk.

Susannah Elizabeth Kidby (nee Southgate), 49, born Ipswich.

Louisa Kidby, 17, a Mothers Help at home, born Ipswich.

Maud Kidby, 14, worked at leather Works, born Ipswich.

Alfred Kidby, 13, a Baker – Bread, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Kidby, 10, born Ipswich.

Frederick Kidby, 8, born Ipswich.

1 boarder – Samuel Jacob Kidby, 27, a General Labourer, born Felsham.


1911   10, Foundation Street, Ipswich.


Bertie was 15 years old, a Tramway Points Man. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Susannah, 52.

Walter William Kidby, 32, a Railway Company’s Mechanic’s Labourer, Ipswich.

Gertrude, 20, a Tailoress.

Frederick, 17, a Painter.

Samuel Kidby, 43, a Jobbing Gardener.

+2 other boarders.


Bertie’s father, Walter Kidby died, 1904, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Susannah Kidby – mother.


Evening Star – Thursday, 25th August 1904 – UNLUCKY SMACK WITH A WHIP – At Ipswich Police Court on Thursday, 25th August, Walter Smith, a carter, of Newton Street, was before the Mayor of Ipswich Fred Bennett, Esq., John May, Samuel Richard Anness and William Orford White, Esqrs., charged with assaulting Berrtie Dennis Kidby, a little boy, nine years of age, who was attended in Court by his mother, Mrs. Susannah E, Kidby. The boy had a big bandage over his eye and was said to be under treatment at the Hospital. Crying as he spoke, the youngster told how he and other boys, last Monday, 22nd August, got riding on the back of a timber “rulley” that Walter Smith was in charge of. Walter Smith came round to the back of the vehicle with a whip in his hand; the other boys all “bucked off;” but he (Bertie) was struck across the eyes with the whip. The defendant said the boys were a great nuisance, and his only object was to stop them from riding on the rulley. He smacked the whip at Bertie, who “bobbed and looked through the wheel,” and caught the lash in his face; he (Walter) did not hurt the boy intentionally. The Magistrates accepted this explanation and dismissed the case.



Mrs. Kidby, of 10, Foundation Street, Ipswich, whose five sons serving with the colours are shown above, has every reason to be proud of her record. Left a widow eleven years ago, in addition to giving five sons to her country’s service, she has also two sons-in-law and a nephew fighting in the forces. The sons and their regiments are as follows:-

  1. Private Walter Kidby, of the 3rd Essex Regiment. He was formerly in the employ of the G.E.R., as a platelayer.
  2. Gunner William Kidby, now serving in France with the 70th Battery, R.F.A.
  3. Gunner Alfred Kidby, in the R.G.A.
  4. Private Fred Kidby, in C Company 3/4th Suffolks. Went to France with the 1/4th Suffolks, and has just returned to the fighting line.
  5. Private Bert Kidby, 1st Norfolks, serving in France. Was at the battle of Mons, and later was so severely wounded that he was seven months in England, but has again gone out.

Bertie is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich.


Norfolk Regiment, 1st Battalion:

1st Battalion
04.08.1914 Stationed at Holywood, Belfast as part of the 15th Brigade of the 5th Division.
Aug 1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Havre and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The Battle of Mons and subsequent retreat, The Battle of Le Cateau and the Affair of Crepy-en-Valois, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battles of La Bassee and Messines 1914, The First Battle of Ypres.
The Second Battle of Ypres and the Capture of Hill 60
The Attacks on High Wood, The Battle of Guillemont, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of Morval, The Battle of Le Transloy.


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