Sidney Garlick

Sidney Garlick

L/Bombadier 123821, RFA


The Absent Voters list of April 1919 shows Sidney Garlick living in West Haddon.

The 1911 Census shows the Garlick family living at 38 Ambush Steert, Northampton. The Head of the Household was William Adams Garlick, aged 38, a tram conductor, ( born 1877 in Greens Norton, Northamptonshire – died ?),  his wife Emily Charlotte (nee Abel), aged 42 listed as house keeper. William and Emily were married 6th June 1892 in Greens Norton.

Their children at this time are listed as May aged 18, Florence aged 14 (Florence married Frederick Osborne), Elsie aged 12, Clarice Rose aged 11, Victor William aged 8, Ernest Henry aged 4 and Ena Marion aged 9 months. The oldest son Sidney Garlick aged 16, lived with the Rogers family in 115 Scarlett Street, Northampton and is listed as a baker’s assistant.

Sidney was born on 7th December 1894 in ?

Sidney married Elsie Marion Moules 12/7/15 in St Michael’s Road Baptists Chapel, Northampton.

He attested into the RFA on 10/12/15 aged 2o and on the 10/4/16 was sent to No. 4 Depot RFA. Sidney was posted over seas  on 19th July 1916 to the 21st Reserve Battery. He left the 21st Reserve Battery on 3rd August  1916 and joined his unit –  ‘B’ Battery, 96th Brigade, 21st Division as a Gunner on the 4/8/16 where he saw action during the closing phases of the Battle of the Somme.

On the 8/2/17, Sidney was posted to the 38th Brigade which was attached to the First Army rather than to a division. Sidney’s Brigade would have provided support fire for Arras Offensive.

Sidney was wounded on 2/6/17 – this is simply recorded as ‘G.S.W. neck’. The generalised term ‘gun shot wound’ was used for any type of wound however received – in Sidney’s case it is likely to have been shrapnel from German counter-battery fire.

Sidney’s wound appears to have been quite serious as he was not sent straight back to ’Blighty’, instead he found himself in No 14 General Hospital Wimereux, France. It was not until 15/9/16 that Sidney went home aboard the Hospital Ship  “St Patrick”. He was sent to a convalecent camp in Ripon, Yorkshire to recover fully. In total, he spent 152 days recovering from his wounds before being posted back to France on the 6/11/17 to the 5th Reserve Brigade.

Sidney’s war now took a new turn as he was posted to the 35th Battery 22nd Brigade of the 7th Division on the 18/11/17 and went with his new unit to fight in the Italy campaign.

Sidney remained in Italy until 8/2/19 – a total of 181 days.

He ended his war at No 1 Dispersal Unit, Clipstone on 11/2/19 having reached the rank of Lance Bombadier.

Sidney was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

As of 10/11/17 Sidney’s wife Elsie lived with Sidney’s parents William Adams Garlick and Emily who at this time were running the Graziers Arms, West Haddon.

In 1939 Sidney and Elsie lived at 60 Hervey Street, Northampton with their 3-year-old son Jack.

Sidney died in June 1974 aged 79.

Sidney’s full service record is available


Anthony Osborne
July 2017