1890 - 25th September 1917 (age 27)
6th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment
Sydney was not a native of Sowerby, he was born at Metheringham in Lincolnshire the son of an agricultural labourer. His father John died before 1900, his mother Annie remarried to Herbert Long and by 1911 the family was living at Attleborough in Norfolk where Sydney gave his occupation as labourer miller.
Sydney later found his way to Thirsk where he married Jane Barker in 1916. Jane was the daughter of William Barker a horse dealer of St.James' Green. Sydney enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment at Thirsk, showing his residence as Sowerby. Another casualty of The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), Sydney was killed in action on 25th September 1917 and has no known grave. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial which is one of the 4 memorials in Flanders and bears the names of 35,000 officers and men.
Tyne Cot Memorial, Flanders
Sydney's widow Jane, married George Long in 1923. In the 1911 census, a stepbrother of Sydney in the family home in Norfolk had been George Long, and it is possible that this was the man who Jane later married.
Sydney is not mentioned on any of the memorials in Sowerby. His widow's last address was shown as 55 Stonebridgegate, Ripon and his mother lived in Norfolk, so it is likely that there was nobody left in Sowerby to remember him after the War.
The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.
Information about Sydney Wright on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Information about Sydney Wright on the War Graves Photographic Project website
Part of the St Oswald's Church website