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Obituaries


Roland Woolfall Siddall: [Heath 1906–1910]

Roland Siddall was determined to fight but became one of two brothers killed in the same week.

Head and shoulders of Roland Siddall
Roland Woodfall Siddall

He was born on . He father was Herbert Siddall, Westover Villas, Hopwood Lane, who was a Master tailor. He attended Heath from to , leaving to become a junior clerk.

Service history: he enlisted in as Private No. 200675 in the 1st/4th Battalion, West Riding Regiment. He had a weak heart and so was given home duties. He served in 2nd/4th Battalion West Riding Regiment HQ Staff as a sergeant while it was in England and later at the York Record Office rising there to staff quarter-master sergeant. He was determined to join a fighting unit and relinquished rank in to join the 3rd/4th Battalion West Riding Regiment (62 Division).

Fate: he was killed on his first day in action, , near Arras defending against the huge German Spring offensive of 1918. His brother 2nd/Lieutenant Douglas Siddall (Machine Gun Corps) was killed on in the same week as him. He was buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery.

With thanks to David Millichope