Sidney Walter Froome

Rank Lance Corporal
Service No G/3662
Date of Death 26/09/1915
Age 21
Regiment/Service Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regt.) 8th Bn.
Memorial Loos Memorial

Sidney Walter Froome was born in the winter of 1893 in Finchley. He had eight siblings, Charles (b.1878), George (b.1879), Laura (b.1881), Henrietta (b.1884), Alice (b.1886), Ethel (b.1889), Harry (b.1892), Leonard (b.1897). The family lived at 99 Long Lane until 1979, and all of the family, except Sidney, were buried at Holy Trinity Church, East Finchley. Sidney entered the army on 30th August 1915, only to be killed less than a month later. At Loos (fought 25 September – 14 October 1915), the 8th Battalion lost all but one of its officers, and 550 men. Loos was the largest British offensive mounted in 1915 on the Western Front during World War I.

George Froome, Sidney’s older brother, is listed as present at a St Paul’s Church Vestry meeting that took place on 8th May 1912. He is also recorded as having been elected as a sidesman of the church at the Annual Vestry meeting held on 7th April 1915. A ‘Mr Froome’ is present at the annual vestry meeting of 23rd April 1919 and the 1920 vestry meeting on 7th April 1920, at which he seconded the election of Walter Cope as ‘people’s’ churchwarden. A ‘Mr Froome’ is on the PCC as recorded in the minutes of a PCC meeting held on 28th May 1920.