Sidney James Moody was born on 14th March 1898 in Toronto.
The 1901 census on Ancestry.co.uk shows that the Moody family were living in Toronto, Head of the household Isaac Moody age 46 born 1854 in England was a Painter by trade. His wife Martha age 36 was a native of London, England, she and her husband had five children living at home, Evaline Mary age 14, born 22nd May 1887, Florence Maude age 13, born 4th July 1888, Henry Isaac age 10, born 7th September 1890, Alice age 6, born 8th January 1895 and Sidney James age 3, born 14th march 1898.
Ten years on the Moody family were still in Toronto living at 38 Havelock St. Isaac Moody was still in the same trade (Painter), he and his wife Martha had seven children living at home in 1911. Evaline age 24, Bookeeper by trade, Florence age 21, Ledger Keeper, Henry age 19, Clerk, Alice age 16, at home, Sidney age 13, Scholar and two additions to the family since the 1901 census, Clarence Philip, age 9 born 26th April 1901 and Myrtle Dorothy age 8 born 5th November 1902.
Attestation papers for Gunner 342637 Sidney Moody fron The Library of Canada.
Sidney Moody enlisted into the 77th Depot Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery in Toronto on 25th May 1918, he gave his address as 38, Havelock St. Toronto, trade, Optical Trade, and next of kin as Martha Moody, mother.
After basic training in Canada, Sidney embarked from Quebec on 10th September 1918 aboard the HMAT Themistocles and arrived in London, England on 25th September 1918 when he was posted to Witley Army Camp to complete training.
As hostilities were coming to an end, Sidney was quickly transferred to Kinmel Park Army Camp in Rhyl to await discharge and repatriation to Canada.
Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.
Tragically Sidney contracted Broncho-Pneumonia as a complication of Influenza and died in the Military Hospital at Kinmel Camp on 17th October 1918.
Sidney Moody is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.