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Sidney Bevan, 23 Victoria Road

23 Victoria Road

History of 23 Victoria Road

1911:

Philip Bevan, 58, waiter, b Cambridge

Susan, 56, b Cambridge

Frederick, 22, scientific instrument maker, b Cambridge

Sidney, 20, painter, b Cambridge

Leonard, 14, gas fitter gas company, b Cambridge

Leonard Bevan: Private 53179, 61st Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action Thursday 16th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 21. Enlisted Ely, resident Cambridge. Son of Philip and Susan Bevan, of 23, Victoria Road, Cambridge. Formerly 3472, Suffolk Yeomanry (Territorial Force). Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. See also Cambridge Guildhall and Cambridge St Luke’s (Cambridge Gas Roll of Honour)

Sidney Bevan was also killed by wounds he received in July 1915.

Cambridge Independent Press 23.7.1915: News has been received by Mr. Bevan, of 23, Victoria-road, Cambridge, that his son, Pte. S.Bevan, of the 7th Service Suffolk Regiment, died from wounds in the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station in France on July 12th. The Rev. A. F. G. Fletcher, Chaplain to the Forces, writing to Mr. Bevan states that Pte. Bevan was brought into the hospital with a terrible wound in his head, caused by shrapnel. He was quite unconscious when he arrived, and everything possible was done for him. Skilled surgeons at once operated in the hope of saving his life, but the damage done was too great to be remedied and he passed away quietly on July 12th. He could have suffered no pain, since from the moment he was struck he was unconscious. Mr. Fletcher states that he himself buried him in the Bailleul Military Hospital Cemetery on July 13th, in grave 1483. A cross has been erected over the grave, bearing the deceased’s name and the full particulars of his death, and the grave will be carefully tended. Pte. Bevan, who was only 24 years of age at the time of his death, joined the colours last August at the outbreak of the war. He was educated at St. Luke’s School and King street School, and was later apprenticed to Messrs. Northfield and Sons as a painter, serving the firm after his apprenticeship until he joined the Army.

See also Mill Road Cemetery site

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