Born: 21st September 1895, Brandon, Suffolk.

Died: 11th August 1917; age 21; KiA.

Residence: 82, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Details: Location: Norwich, Norfolk; Date: 17th August 1914; age: 19 years & 330 days; Occupation: Gardener; Religion: CofE. Signed up for 3 years. Height: 5ft 4 1/2ins.

Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.

Embarked: Folkstone – 26th May 1917 – Disembarked: Boulogne – 27th May 1917.


Medical: Trench Fever – 3rd October 1916 – 2nd January 1917 – 82 days in the 14 General Hospital, Boulogne.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 12024

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment, 8th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 – 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 4.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West Vlaanderen,





1901   Bushey Lane, Hollesley, Suffolk.


Sidney was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Herbert Claxton, 43, an Engineer Machinist – own account, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Mary Anne Claxton (nee Rudd), 40, born Swaffham, Norfolk.

Edith Emily Claxton, 16, born Ealing, Middlesex.

Frederick Gordon Claxton, 11, born Brandon, Suffolk.

Hubbard Charles Claxton, 8, born Brandon.


1911   Bushey Lane, Hollesley, Suffolk.


Sidney was 17 years old, a General Machinist – helping his father. He was living with his parents & brother.

Herbert, 53, an Agricultural Machinist – Repairer of Farm Implements – employer.

Mary Anne, 50.

Hubbard, 18, a General Machinist – helping his father.


Sidney’s father, Herbert Claxton, died August 1913, Hollesley, Suffolk.


On the 5th October 1920, Mrs Mary A. Claxton, received her late son’s 1914-1915 Star. In August 1921, Mary received Sidney’s Victory & British War medals. She wrote ‘thank you’ on the form to acknowledge receiving the medals.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary A. Claxton – mother.


Sidney is also remembered on the war memorial at ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH, Ipswich.


Norfolk Regiment, 8th Battalion:

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