Image from 1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
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.
Pier & Face 1C & 1D.
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.
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.
FIVE IPSWICH BROTHERS IN THE ARMY
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:-
- Private Walter Kidby, of the 3rd Essex Regiment. He was formerly in the employ of the G.E.R., as a platelayer.
- Gunner William Kidby, now serving in France with the 70th Battery, R.F.A.
- Gunner Alfred Kidby, in the R.G.A.
- 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.
- 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:
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.