Sidney Pocock

Sergeant C/6451, 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Enlisted Croyden Surrey. Gained one campaign medal. Killed in Action 21st September 1917 aged 20. The 18th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps had 48 men killed on the 21st September 1917. Remembered on the TyneCot Memorial, Ieper, Belgium.

Born about 1897, the son of Charles and Mary Pocock of Charcott, Leigh, Kent. The 1901 census shows the family with three sons and three daughters. His father worked as a Cricket Ball Packer. Sidney ‘s brother Ernest was with the West Kent Regiment and survived the war.

Leigh. Sergt. Pocock, Killed
Leigh. Sergt. Pocock, Killed

We regret to record the death of Sergt. S. Pocock, son of Mr and Mrs C. Pocock, of Charcott, Leigh. He was not yet 21 years of age, and joined the Royal West Kent Regiment at the outbreak of war, but later was transferred to the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He went to France in May 1916, and had seen much heavy fighting, but had escaped all injuries until he was killed by the explosion of a shell on the 19th September. He was home on 10 days leave two months ago. Before joining he was employed at Messrs Duke and Sons, cricket-ball manufacturers.

The Courier, 5 October 1917

Remembered on the Leigh, Chiddingstone Causeway and Edenbridge Hospital War Memorials.

Last Updated 7 November 2008