Private Sidney Cornelius

Service Army Service No. 10525
Rank Private
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, 8th Battalion (Service)
Date of Birth: 1886
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription CORNELIUS S. PTE. DEVON REGT

Service History

Sidney Cornelius enlisted at Exeter with the 8th (service) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment.  They arrived in France shortly before the Battle of Loos and he was reported missing, presumed killed. (see Document -life story for news report)

Association with Dawlish

Sidney Cornelius was one of six children of Samuel Alfred Cornelius (1857-1938) and Harriet Woodberry, (born Q2, 1855 in Tiverton district - 1914). Samuel Alfred and Harriet Cornelius married in June 1884. By 1891 they were living in Commercial Road with two sons, Sidney (1886-1915), James Alfred (1888-1951). Sidney Cornelius was baptised in St Gregory's Church on 20th June 1886.

In the following ten years they had two more children, William Reginald (b 1894) and Ellen May (b 1895).

Sidney Cornelius moved and was boarding at 3 Quay Street, Truro, Cornwall in 1911 where he describes himself as a Fruiterer's manager.

Devon Roll of Honour Cornelius, Sidney, Pte, Devon Regt, 25th Sep 1915, France
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Samuel Alfred Cornelius, father
Last Known Address: 3 Quay Street, Truro, Cornwall

Cornelius and Crideford names on panel

Dud Corner Cemetery near Loos

Loos Centenary - Wreath from Devonshire Regt

Medal record card

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Ancestry family tree (Clark, part)

Family history material (Ian Watts).