Born: 1896, Ipswich.

Died: 8th June 1918; age 22; Died of Wounds.

Residence: 126, Alan Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 42945

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 8th Battalion.

Formerly 992, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Sezanne Communal Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Samuel & Mary E. Chilcott, of 32, Alston Road, Road, Ipswich.






1901   126, Alan Road, Ipswich.


Sidney was 5 years old and living with his parents & Brothers.

Samuel Chilcott, 38, a Brickmaker, born Ipswich.

Mary Elizabeth Chilcott (nee Segger), 35, born Ipswich.

Samuel Chilcott, 14, a Brickmaker’s Labourer, born Ipswich.

Frederick Chilcott, 11, born Ipswich.

John Chilcott, 2, born Ipswich.


1911   126, Alan Road, Ipswich.


Sidney was 15 years old, an Errand Boy – Chemist. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel, 48, a Gas Worker Labourer – Gas Works.

Mary, 45.

Fred, 21, a Carpenter – Engineer Works.

Edgar Chilcott, 9, born Ipswich.

Edith Chilcott, 7, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Chilcott, 5, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Chilcott – mother.


Sidney is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, and on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.



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.

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