Great War Dundee
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Sydney Henry Kirby
- Date of enlistment:
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- Rank: Second Lieutenant
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- Regiment/Service: Border Regiment
- Unit/Ship: 10th Battalion, attached to 5th Highland Light Infantry
- Place of Death: Turkey/Gallipoli
- Age at Death: 24
- Date of Death: 19.12.1915
- Burial Country: Turkey/Gallipoli
- Cemetery: Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles
- Grave/Mem Ref no: III.C.4.
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- Address: c/o Scrimgeour, Richmond Tce, Dundee
Frances Louisa Byrde Kirby
Sydney William Kirby
More about Sydney Henry Kirby
Sidney Henry Kirby 10th Border Regiment attached 1/5th Highland Light Infantry.
DUNDEE OFFICER KILLED IN ACTION
HAD A REMARKABLE MILITARY ANCESTRY.
Second-Lieutenant Sidney Henry Kirby, who has been killed in action in Gallipoli, was well known in Dundee. Twenty-five years of age, he was a son of the late Mr Sidney Kirby, tea planter, Ceylon, and his mother was a daughter of Colonel Henry Byrde, Candy, Ceylon. He was left an orphan when he was quite young, and was educated at Honiton Grammar School, Devonshire, and the Harris Academy, Dundee.
The deceased officer was a nephew of Mrs David Scrimgeour, Richmond Terrace, Dundee. He served his apprenticeship as an engineer in Blackness Foundry, and also attended the engineering classes in the Technical College. At the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Royal Engineers, and subsequently obtained a commission in the 10th (Service) Battalion The Border Regiment. At the time of his death he was attached to the 1/5th Highland Light Infantry. On his mother’s side Lieutenant Kirby was a descendant of soldiers, and, as the soldier of the sixth successive generation, he nobly upheld the tradition of his family.
His grandfather fought in the Crimea, and his great-grandfather obtained a commission in the Ceylon Rifles at the age of sixteen. His great-grandfather fought in the Peninsular War, and was one of the party who laid the great Scottish soldier, Sir John Moore in his last resting-place, “with his martial cloak around him,” while a forebear of the preceding generation fought under General Wolfe in North America.
The whirligig of time brings many changes, and thus it comes about that while the grand-father was allied with the Turks in the great campaign of his time, by them the grandson was slain.
Dundee Courier 30th December 1915
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