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William Sisson Hyde

Biography of Second Lieutenant William Sisson Hyde
5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

Birth

Name:
William Sisson Hyde

Date of birth:
1897

Place of Birth:
Morton, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Jan – Mar 1897

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Occupation:

Marriage

No marriage for William has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Family

Father’s Name:
Samuel Hyde

Father’s DOB:
1860

Father’s Place of Birth:
Ashton, Northamptonshire, England

Father’s Occupation:
Farmer

Mother’s Name:
Lucy Taylor

Mother’s DOB:
1875

Mothers POB:
Morton, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1896 Grantham District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
William Sisson Hyde, 1897, Morton
Dorothy Helen Hyde, 1902, Dunsby
George Dolby Hyde, 1906, Dunsby

1901 Census:
William is living with his parents in Dunsby.

1911 Census
William is living with his parents in Dunsby.

Relatives in services:

Newspaper Mentions:
None found

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Second Lieutenant William Sisson Hyde, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 7th November 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medals
Medal Card Index:
None found

Memorials

UK:
Dunsby, plaque in All Saints Church

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In Memory of Second Lieutenant William Sisson Hyde, 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 7 November 1918 Age 22.
Remembered with Honour Caudry British Cemetery
Grave Ref: I.A.28

More information:

W S Hyde William Sisson Hyde

Caudry British Cemetery
Military Service Timeline

This is ongoing research and more information will be posted when available.

William’s military records cannot be found but the medal roll would indicate that there was a William Sisson Hyde originally in the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby regiment), although the record is incomplete and could be a mistake. Certainly there was a Private W S Hyde in the Notts and Derby regiment who was wounded on the 27th November 1917.
When a soldier was wounded and moved to a hospital back home, they could be attached to a different regiment when recovered and sent back into active service which could explain why most records show that William was in the 5th Battalion Lincolnshire regiment.

The army list for August 1918 shows that William was awarded the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on 28th May 1918 and was serving in the 5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

The battalion diary for November 1918 sees the 5th Battalion Lincolnshire regiment involved in an advance and pushing the enemy back to Bellevue over the Petit Helpe River but this was eventually stalled on the 7th November after the enemy had left the village and retired to a ridge defended by machine guns.

2nd Lieutenant William Sissons Hyde died of wounds on the 7th November and is remembered with honour at Caudry British cemetery.

Battalion Diary – 1-5th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

1st November 1918 – BECQUINY
Rained nearly all day, Battalion was resting at BECQUINY. Draft of 63 ORs (Other Ranks) joined this battalion.

2nd November 1918 – BECQUINY
Resting at BECQUINY. Officers reconnoitered route to assembly positions.

 

3rd November 1918 – St MARTIN RIVIERE
Left BECQUINY at 16:00 and marched by road to a field just W of ST MARTIN RIVIERE, arriving at 19:30. It started to rain just as the battalion left BECQUINY and increased until just before the end of the March when the weather cleared up. The Battalion slept in “Bivies” for the night.

4th November 1918 – LA LOUVIERE
Mist early morning, at 06:30 the Battalion moved off and marched to the assembly position just W of MAZINGHIEN in X2a. The 46th DIV being in support to the 1st and 32nd Divisions for the attack by the IX Corps on the SAMBRE-OISE-CANAL. At 11:00 hours the Battalion marched to the position give for the subsequent move depending upon the success of the attack. The Battalion took up a position in R35 b&d, B.H.Q being in a field R35 C55.60 near LA LOUVIERE. At 16:00 hours orders were received to relieve the BLACK WATCH of the 1st Infantry Brigade. This sector had not been reconnoitred as provisional orders had been received to relieve the 2nd Infantry brigade. The Battalion left LA LOUVIERE at 16:30 to relieve the Black Watch in the Line, who were holding part of the line on MAP B running through M23,29 to 35, B.H.Q being at M27d90.90. The relief was very good being complete at 23:00 hours. Despositions were as follows, B Right – A Centre – C Left – D Support. Casualties Nil

 

5th November 1918
Rained heavily from midnight onwards. During the hours of Darkness A&B Companies pushed forward patrols at night and dawn, advancing 800 and capturing 4 77mm and 3 10.5cm guns as well as 4 MGs. As soon as it was light our forward companies pushed forward and held a line through Gd TOAILLON FARM – ZOBEAU. At 08:00 the 137th Brigade passed through our lines and continued the advance, after they had passed through the Battalion withdrew to billets in MEZIERS-LA-GROISE. B.H.Q remaining at the same place . Casualties – 1 OR wounded.

 

6th November 1918
Rained all day. The advance was continued, the 138th Brigade being in support to the 137th and 139th Brigades, the Brigade marched by road as a column, the head of the column passing the crossroads M22g at 06:45 hours, the route taken was the road running parallel to our left boundary. This Batallion left MEZIERS_LA_GROISE at 06:25. A halt was made at LAGOELLE until 14:00 hours. It still continued to rain hard and the men were just about wet through. AT 14:00 hours the brigade continued to march and units were to be billeted in PRICHES. Just as the Batallion was entering PRICHES orders were received to continue to CARTIGNIES and the following morning pass through the 137th and 139th brigades and continue the advance. A quiet night was spent in CARTIGNIES, the men having comfortable billets. The Boche being only just outside the town. Casualties – Nil

 

7th November 1918
Wet and dull day. Soon after midnight 6th/7th our patrols passed through the outposts of the 139th and left flank of the 137th Brigades, who were holding a line along the W side of the PETIT HELPE RIVER, and reconnoitred the river to find a means of crossing, it was found that all bridges and means of crossing had been destroyed by the enemy except one little foot bridge which would take infantry in single file. The C.O. therefore decided that the four companies should cross over this bridge just before dawn and get into position on the E side of the river ready to move forward at dawn. At 05:00 hours the 138th Infantry Brigade passed through the 137th and 139th Brigades taking over the whole Divisional front. Dispositions being 5th LINCS on the left and 5th LEICS on the right the 4th LEICS being in support. At 04:30 one of our patrols was sent down to the footbridge, which was at Q12C 50.50, to reconnoiter for any signs of the enemy and report to B.H.Q which was at CARTIGNIES Q11a 90.30, when the four companies had crossed over the river and were in position.
When the patrol arrived at the bridge they found that owing to the continued heavy rains the river had swollen and being very swift had washed away the footbridge, leaving no means whatsoever of crossing the river. There were no sights or sounds of the enemy on the E side, and the civilians stated that the Boche had left at 03:00 hours. On the left A company constructed a rough footbridge to take infantry in file at Q11b 40.90 by throwing carts into the river and putting planks and laslolers? Across, the civilians doing the same from the other side, it was not very safe but A company was able to cross over in a very short time and got into positions. The civilians were mad with delight and did all they could to help us across, when our men reached the other side they were immediately surrounded by the civilians who persisted in shaking hands with everybody.
On the right at the place where the footbridge had been, B&C companies were less fortunate in procuring carts and other material for constructing a bridge, so trees were felled and placed across, at first they had some difficulty in getting the trees into position, so Captain Dunn O.C B Company jumped into the river and tried to hold the trees in position but the current was too strong and he was in danger of being swept away with the trees, but Captain Goodall O.C C Company also jumped in and between them managed to fix the trees so that the footbridge could be made. While the bridge was being completed Captain Dunn walked over to BELLEVUE in PYC and found it clear of the enemy. As soon as this bridge was completed B C & D Companies crossed over and got into position, the dispositions were D Right Front, C Left Front, B Right Support, A Left Support.
The Battalion was across the river by 08:00 hours.
The first objective being the E side of the road running through P2a&c and P8b&d, was reached without any opposition. BHQ at AULNES BRULEES P8b. As soon as touch was established on either flank, our line pushed forward and gained the second objective, which was the E side of the road running through P4 a&c and J33d, meeting with little or no resistance, this was reached at mid day. Patrols were sent forward and found the enemy holding a line on the high ground at P5a and I35a&c, with MGs. Our line tried to advance and push the Boche out of his position, but it was strongly held by many MGs cleverly placed to command the valley and low ground. Several attempts to advance were made, but without success as we had no artillery up and the Boche was in a strong position, so when it became to dark for further operations, our forward companies withdrew and occupied a line roughly from J34b10.50 to J34d50.50 on the E side of the stream, then from J34d33.30 W side of the river to the church in P4b, then to P4d90.90 then back to P4d80.05. The dispositions in this position were C left, A centre and B right with D in support. The Battalion dug in for the night, keeping in touch with enemy by patrols.

Casualties; Killed 4, wounded 2 officers (Captain Bull OC D Company and Captain Dunn OC B company) and 6 other ranks.

 

 

 

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