Service Number 13977
Battalion 11th Battalion
Regiment West Yorkshire Regiment
Sidney Herbert Danby was an early recruit from Collingham into the services in the Great War. The Wetherby News of the 18th September 1914 lists his name as having attested for service in Harrogate, and the Collingham Parish Magazine of December 1914 lists him as serving in the 11th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. His service record has not survived, but we can piece together something of his life and service.
He was born in 1889 in Parson's Green, London, the son of John Danby, a house builder from Thirsk. By 1911, Sidney was living with his widowed father and a housekeeper and servant in Collingham.
Sidney served in the 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment with the service number 13977 and was a Warrant Officer Class II, and was also the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant. He first went to France on the 26th August 1915 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star and the War and Victory Medals for his service. His medal entitlement card also shows he was on the roll of individuals entitled to the 'Emblems'. This means that at some stage in his military career he was Mentioned in Despatches on the 28th May 1918. Sidney was also awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in the New Year's Honours list in 1919.
A brief article in The Wetherby News gives a little detail of his family ties:
We believe that Sidney Herbert Danby married Emma W Womack in 1915 in Barton upon Irwell in Lancashire. Emma's mother Harriet Isabella Womack had been housekeeper to John Danby in Collingham in 1911, so it is likely that Sidney met Emma through that family connection.
After the war Sidney returned to the UK and we find a record of Sidney and Emma at 133, Woodland Road, Acocks Green in Birmningham in the 1939 Registration Roll. Sidney is a wholesale and retailer in sweets, confectionary and tobacco. Sidney died in 1977 in Bournemouth.
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 25962
The Wetherby News 18/9/1914 & 14/1/1916
The Collingham Parish Magazine Dec 1914, Jan 1915, & Feb 1915
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
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