Rogers, Sydney T.

If my research is correct, although there is a query on the father of Sydney T. Rogers, (see below), Sydney’s mother, Mabel was to suffer losing two husbands and then her son in 1944.

Sydney T. Rogers’s  father is shown on the CWGC Database as Sydney William, but on the others, Censuses and Registration Documents, i.e. Marriage, death, he was known as Sydney Dick ROGERS, and also I have found no Mabel Catherine, just Mabel on the censuses and the marriage documents.   Although as they were Civil Marriages as far as I can see, the purchase of these marriage certificates would be the only way to confirm/deny.

I believe that Mabel Ashton was to marry John Shaw Brierley in a Civil Ceremony in Ashton under Lyne, Cheshire in 1890 (Tameside RM/72/47).   They are seen on the 1891 census living at 3, Shaw? St., Dukinfield, Cheshire.   Head of the household was John S. Brierley, 22 a Staem Engine Maker (Driller) who had been born in Stalybridge, Cheshire,   Mabel, his wife, age 20 was a Felt Hat Trimmer who had been born in Newport, Monmouthshire.

There are possible birth Certificates for Lizzie (Ashton Vol.  8d Page 569 (Sept. Qtr 1892) -Under the name of Lizzie Shaw Brierley and Harry (Dec. Qtr. 1894) (Ashton          Vol. 8d Page 547).

William was born circa 1899, so one of the births below may be his, but again, the purchase of the certificates would be the only way to find out, unless of course someone close to the family could tell us, the news would be gratefully received.

FREE BMD – Births Jun 1899   (>99%) BRIERLEY, William –  Ashton Vol. 8d Page 499 – Births Mar 1900   (>99%) BRIERLEY,  William – Ashton Vol. 8d Page 509 and  – Births Dec 1900   (>99%) BRIERLEY, William –  Ashton Vol.  8d Page 552

I believe that after the family moved to Shotton, John Shaw BRIERLEY sadly died in the December Quarter of 1900 and his death is registered in Chester, he was 31 years of age (Chester Vol. 8a Page 254).

So by the 1901 census, Mabel was a widow for the first time and living with her family at Chester Road, Shotton, she was now age 30 and had to take in boarders to make ends meet.   Her children Lizzie, 8, had been born in Dukinfield, Harry, 6 had been born in Staley (sic) Bridge, Cheshire and William, 2 had been born in Shotton.   The Boarders were Sydney D. Rogers, 28, single, a Joiner (Carp.) who had been born in Caerlon, Monmouthshire.   Benjamin Plant, Thomas Morris and William Smith were the other boarders.

I believe that this is how Sydney Dick Rogers & Mabel Brierley met as they went on to marry in the  September Quarter of 1901 (Chester  Vol  8a Page 770).

They appear on the 1911 census living at 20 Wellington Street, Shotton, Flintshire (5 rooms), Sydney, 38 now a joiner in the Galvanized Sheet Works,  and Mabel, 40, tell us that they had been married for 10 years and 2 children had been born to them, and were still living.   The family was made up of Step-daughter Lizzie, 18 and single, Step-Sons Harry, 16 and a Steel Worker (Gal. Sheet Works) and William, 12.  Daughters Maud, 9 and Olive, 4 had both been born in Shotton.  There were 2 Lodgers, making up the household.

Again, fate struck a blow for Mabel and her family as Sydney Dick Rogers was to die in 1916 (Flintshire (Mold)HAW/10A/38), after the birth of young Sydney, his son, about  circa 1912, so he would hardly know his namesake as he would have been only about 2 years of age when his father died.

We do not see Sydney again, until he marries Margaret Andrews in 1936 in a Civil Ceremony registered in Holywell, (Flintshire (Mold) HOL/60/59), again the Certificate would have to be purchased to confirm/deny.

The National Register was taken on the 29th September 1939 and Sydney & Margaret are seen living at 20 Wellington Avenue* # .   Sydney’s date of birth is given as the 27th February 1912 and he was a Packers Feeder Steel Works Heavy Worker  , Margaret’s date of birth was the 30th March 1911 and she was described, as most married women were on this Register as doing “Unpaid Domestic Duties.”  It is also on this source that Margaret’s name of Rogers was crossed out and the name Stenner was written and a date of the 18th August 1947.   I believe that she later married Victor Albert Stenner, (Flintshire (Mold) HOL/68/118), in 1947.

*Could be Wellington St, Shotton, was originally Wellington Avenue.

#Lived in the same street as Stephen Edward Roberts’s uncle Stephen E. ROBERTS (Stephen Edward Roberts is also on the War Memorial)

The Transcription on Find my Past of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission states that his year of service was 1939, but I do not know, in any case it was after the 29th September as he is on that working still at John Summers & Sons.

The Registers Of Reports Of Deaths: Naval Ratings gives his cause of death as -2- Missing, death on War Service Presumed.

HMS BOADICEA (H65) – On 13 June 1944 HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. Frederick William Hawkins, RN) was sunk by German aircraft 12 miles south-west of Portland Bill in position 50º26’N, 02º34’W while supporting the Normandy landings.

HMS BOADICEA (H65) [+1944]

History Jan Lettens 29/01/2019

British destroyer; 1930; Hawthorn Leslie & Co; 1.360 tons; 323x32x12; 34.000 shp; 35 knots; turbine engines; 3-drum boilers; three ´.7 in guns; one 3 in A.A., six smaller ; 4 T.T. The destroyer Boadicea, Lt.Cdr.F.W. Hawkins, was torpedoed in an air raid off Portland, on June 13th, 1944. Nine officers, including Lt.Cdr. Hawkins and 166 ratings were killed and one officer wounded.

Allen Tony 09/09/2007 According to British Naval Records this vessel was sunk by Aircraft Torpedo and not by a submarine. Torpedoed by German Ju.88 torpedo bombers. ref. used: British Warship Losses WW1

Read more at wrecksite:

174 Crew of whom  was :- ROGERS, SYDNEY (32), Able Seaman (no. C/JX 299186), HMS Boadicea, Royal Navy, †13/06/1944, Son of Sydney William and Mabel Catherine Rogers; husband of Margaret Rogers, of Shotton, Flintshire, Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial Read more at wrecksite:

To give you an idea of the aircraft, please read

This excerpt was taken from it,  with thanks to the website :-

The Ju 88G replaced the C and R on the production lines and was the most effective German night-fighter. It had extended wingtips and rectangular tail surfaces. It was powered by two BMW 801D engines and armed with four 20mm MG151/20 cannon in the ventral gondola. Two more cannons were usually placed in the dorsal position, firing diagonally upwards and forward, which was known as Schräge Musik. Schräge Musik was the name for upward-firing autocannons mounted in night fighter aircraft and attacked Allied bombers from below and aft of the bomber’s field of view. It was extremely effective against British Lancasters, because they lacked ventral guns.

Exactly 1 month later this happened:-

The Ju 88G-6 was powered with Jumo 213 engines and entered service in the late 1944. On July 13, 1944, a Ju 88G-1 landed on a RAF base, after a navigation error, and gave away all the secrets of its Lichtenstein SN-2 radar, and Flensburg and Naxos radar detectors.

 Sydney was loved and sadly missed and his name was added by his family to the War Memorial to make sure that he would be remembered.   I believe that he had a son who was born in the December quarter of 1938.

His name is on the bottom of the WW1 names after “Y.


Learn more about the other soldiers on the Connahs Quay and Shotton War Memorial

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