Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph


Born: 1893, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 20th November 1917; age 24; KiA.

Residence: 133, Rosehill Road, Ipswich.

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.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 12 & 13.

Cambrai Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Youngest 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.

3 boarders.


Sidney’s mother Elizabeth Barrell died 1901, Ipswich. His father Charles Barrell died 1911, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Walter Barrell – brother.


Sidney is also remembered 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 effective 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’ mainly as machine guns were static or fixed positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.

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