Crocombe Sydney

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Crocombe Sydney

Regiment/Catrawd: 14th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 240807

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Tyne Cot Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 63 to 65

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory Medal and British War Medal

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in France 2nd September 1917

The 1911 census records the Crocombe family living at 49 New Street Mold.  It included parents Thomas 40 an oil salesman and Ellen Elizabeth 37 and children William 17 an oil salesman and wagon boy, Gladys12 and Sarah Ellen 9 who were both at school and Emily 4 and James Arthur 1. Sydney was 14 and he was a greaser at the rolling mill at the tin plate works.

We reproduce below some items from his army records  which we find quite interesting.

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This form details a couple of Sydney’s transgressions . On the 1st January 1917 he refused to take an order when detailed for guard. On the 4th June 1917 he overstayed his pass by 1 day, 2 hours and 45 minutes. He was confined to baracks for 3 days for each of these (C B) and for the latter offence he lost 2 days pay as well.  Then on the bottom of the form we see the poignant ‘killed in Action, 2 9.17