Sydney Gammage

There were two persons in West Haddon with the name Sydney Gammage.   Both were of the age for war service.:

Due to the paucity if information it was not possible to decide which of the two was the person shown on the Roll of Honour.   A visit to the Northampton Records Office however and an examination of the Absentee Voters’ List included the name Sydney Charles Gammage, army number 057979, rank Corporal of the 236th Company 35 DT ASC.

 Sydney Charles appears in the 1901 Census living with his father John, mother Caroline and sister Annie in Buttitts (?) Lane, West Haddon and the 1911 Census shows him aged 22, working as a nursery gardener and living with his father and sister Edith Eliza in Harday’s Lane.

Sydney Charles Gammage

I was unable to find any record of military service but found a military record showing the award of the British War Medal and the Victory Medal to Sergeant Sydney C Gammage of the Royal Army Service Corps, No T4/057979

He married Jane Elizabeth Croxton in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire in April, 1915.   They had one daughter, born 27/3/1918.   He died in Uttoxeter on 11/1/1952 aged 63.

I discovered, by way of the National Probate Calendar, that probate was granted in London on 26th August, 1952 on the estate of Sydney Charles Gammage of Winwick, Weaver Road, Uttoxeter and that effects were granted to John Kershaw Gammage and Eileen Caroline Lunn.   An examination of Staffordshire Trade Directories showed he was a “cycle agent” with premises in 12 Market Street, Uttoxeter.

Jim Blakey 11th March 2017