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poppyOn Wednesday 21st March at the later time of 7pm the bellringers of St John's will commemorate the life of:

 Sidney Hilliar WEARE died 21.03.1918
14th Battalion Machine Gun Corps



From its formation in October 1915 until November 1918, some 170,500 officers and men served with the Machine Gun Corps. They suffered 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed. During March and April 1918 the Allied Fifth Army was driven back across the old battlefields of the Somme in overwhelming numbers. The Pozieres Memorial commemorates over 14,000 British soldiers and 300 South African forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme between 21st March and 7th August 1918. Over 500 names relate to the Machine Gun Corps.

The 1911 Census shows that young Sidney Weare lived at Gunville, Milborne Port and, at 17 years old, was an apprentice leather glove cutter in the village. He was the youngest of Alfred and Sarah Weare's five sons and was 24 years old when he died. He is one of those commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, with no known grave.


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