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Sidney Ralph Cryer
1879 - 1936

The Lost Relation

For many years family members have been told that Sidney was killed in the WW1. I am pleased
to say after stumbling across his military records, I was astounded to find he lived until 1936, aged 56 years. And
this is what I have found so far;

(These records can be found on Ancestry.com and findmypast.com)

Sidney first enlisted on the 30 Jan 1900 for 6 years,
Into 3rd “The Buffs” (Royal East Kent Regiment) Service number 5863
On his Militia Attestation form Sidney was listed as a member of the
‘Cinque Ports Vol-art 7 (No8) Coy’ (Not sure what it is)

Statement of Service
Attested Private on 30.01.00
Embodied on 20.03.00
Disembodied 17.07.02
Discharged by purchase 22.03.04
£1 non 2ly Pte Bty refunded 22.03.04

Sidney enlisted on the 25.08.1914
Into the 3rd Dorset Regt. Service number 7562

Medical History
Name Cryer Sidney Ralph
Birthplace Folkestone Kent
Examined 25 August 1914 Poole Dorset
Declared age 34 years 11 months
Trade or Occupation Butcher
Height 5 feet 6 inches
Weight 134lbs
Chest measurement 36 inches expansion 2 inches
Eyes Grey on another medical they are Hazel in colour
Hair Dark Brown
Physical Development and pulse rate Good Normal
Vaccinated left arm 4 times when child
Vision Normal left and right
Tattoo on back of right forearm a Shamrock, Thistle and a Rose

Service Record 
7562 Pte Cryer SR
Wyke Regis
Dorset Regt 3rd 
Attested & posted 25.08.1914
Posted on Active service 04.12.1914
Posted 18.02.1915
Posted 09.05.1915
Posted on active service 13.05.1915

Active service
7562 Pte Cryer SR
11.02.1915 Gun shot wound right arm (severe) 
12.02.1915 Transferred to 8 CC Station 
14.02.1918 Transferred to No 72 Ambulance Train to Baillet
15.02.1915 Transferred to Boulogne
18.02.1915 Transferred to England

13 May 1915 Disembarked at Rouen France 
15 May 1915 Joined 1st Battalion in the field

29.08.15 Admitted with NYD Fever 
31.08.15 Transferred Division Rest Station 
04.09.15 Rejoined Battalion
10.01.16 Transferred to French Mortar Battery 
06.06.16 Rejoined 
22.08.16 Rejoined Battalion 
24.08.16 Rejoined V32 TMB 
13/27.11.17 Leave to UK
01.06.18 Wounded in Action
05.06.18 SW Right Shoulder (mild)
06.06.18 to 30.07.18 Rouen France

Transferred to Labour Corps and Posted to 112/Lab Corp
Allotted labour Corps No 568241
Transferred to Home Establishment Infantry Depot Dorchester for Agricultural Work

16.11.1918 absent without leave from 9.30pm 16.11.18 and remaining absent until 9am 18.11.18 Punishment
Deprived 4 days pay date of trial 18.11.18

Post office Telegraphs
10/20 Parkstone 
Army pay office
Please grant Pte Cryer 7562 first Dorset Regiment
Immediate leave. Daughter dead. Signed Cryer

Post Office Telegraphs
OHMS to Police Parkstone
B314 20.08.18 Report received here of death of daughter No 7562 Pte Cryer Dorset Regt at home address Ivy Glen
Bournemouth Rd Parkstone please verify

Post office telegraphs
OHMS to Seemliness London
B324 of 21.08.18 urgent leave requested death daughter 3/7562 Pte SR Cryer 1st Dorset attached employment base 2/HPO

22.08.18 army telephone message
Attestone Sector
OHMS S Parkstone
Death of Cryer daughter verified police Parkstone

Poole Dorset
To the officer in charge
5124 Align
Reference your B235 of 21 st inst. Regret leave cannot be granted Pte Cryer 1st Dorset Reg Attention is drawn
to M/Gen.No/1341.(Alga) dated 9th Oct 1917 aaa.

13.02.1919 28 day Furlough 
21.02.1919 Demobilization 
10 Oct 1919 Awarded 1914-18 Star Medals
16.02.1922 Awarded British War Medal 
16.02.1922 Awarded Victory Medal

Home 25.08.14 to 03.12.14 (101days)
Ex Force 04.12.14 to 17.02.15(76 days)
Home 18.02.15 to 12.05.15 (84days)
Ex Force 13.05.15
Ex Force = France

Sidney married Emma B Quickenden on the 29 May 1904 in Margate Kent. 
They had two girls, Kathleen sadly died in 1918, but her sister Majorie went on to marry.
They settled in Poole Dorset England.

I love happy endings!

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