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Nottingham
Father: Josiah Kiddier was born in 1864 in Sneinton and worked as a brass worker on building lace machines (C. 1901) Betsy Kiddier was born in 1864 in Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire. Brother: William, born in 1885 at Sneinton. Sisters: Mary E., born in Sneinton in 1887 and working as a pattern girl, Annie, born in 1891 in Loughborough Leicestershire, Ethel, born in 1896 also in Loughborough and Rosie, born in 1898 in Sneinton. The family lived at 49 Davis Street, Sneinton, Nottingham. John Henry Kiddier married Maud Kiddier, nee Potter, in October 1909 and they had a son, Leslie, born on December 18, 1910. They family lived at 24 Festus Street, Nottingham.
In 1911 he was a cash registrar assembler.
01 Jul 1916
27
798173 - CWGC Website
266387
Private
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. Kiddier was called up for service and following training he was drafted to France. The 1/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters was situated in trenches near Foncquevillers and were prepared for the attack on Gommecourt on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. Despite a week long barrage by the British artillery, the minute the men began to cross No Man's Land in four waves enemy artillery and machine gun fire swept the lines. Few reached the German lines and those that did were soon forced to shelter in the shell holes in No Man's Land. At roll call that evening only 96 men answered to their name.
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