Sidney Ashton HALSALL
Rank: Private
Number: 6621
Unit: 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Little is known about Sidney other than Regimental records published after the War indicate he had been born in Heaton Chapel and was probably still living there at the time of the War. When the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information in the early 1920s, it only recorded his parents as F W Halsall and Mrs M E Halsall of 5 Elton Avenue, Levenshulme. No further family details are known.

Sidney is thought to have worked for Sparrow, Hardwick, & Co., 107 Piccadilly, Manchester. The Company was a textile merchant mainly dealing in knitwear and, in its entry in the Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour, records the name of S A Halsall amongst its employees who served. He enlisted in early September 1914 into the newly formed 1st City Battalion of the Regiment - the first of the Manchester Pals and was assigned to No. 8 Platoon in "B" Company. Click here for an account of their recruitment and training.

Sidney was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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