Biography of Second Lieutenant William Sisson Hyde
8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment
Formerly 7707 and 242498 1st/6th Notts and Derby Regiment
and 5th Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 7th November 1918

Soldier

  • Name: William Sisson Hyde
  • Date of birth: 1897
    Place of Birth: Morton, Lincolnshire, England
    Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1897
    Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Father

  • Name: Samuel Hyde
  • DOB: 1860
  • Place of Birth: Ashton, Northamptonshire, England
  • Occupation: Farmer

Mother

  • Name: Lucy Taylor
  • DOB: 1875
  • Place Of Birth: Morton, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1896 Grantham District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • William Sisson Hyde, 1897, Morton
    Dorothy Helen Hyde, 1902, Dunsby
    George Dolby Hyde, 1906, Dunsby

Census

  • 1901: William is living with his parents in Dunsby, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: William is living with his Parents in Dunsby, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 14 and he is listed as being at school.

Relatives in services

  • None found

Marriage

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

Newspaper Mentions

  • Lincolnshire Echo Thursday 21st November 1918
  • OFFICIAL LOCAL CASUALTIES
  • The casualty lists issued on Wednesday night contained the following:-
  • DIED OF WOUNDS
  • Sec-Lieut W. S. Hyde, Lincolnshire Regt.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • 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

  • None found

Effects Left To

Medals

  • Non found

Memorials

  • UK:
  • Dunsby, Roll of Honour in All Saints Church

 

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Second Lieutenant William Sisson Hyde, 5th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment who died on 7 November 1918 Age 22
  • Son of Samuel and Lucy Hyde, of Dunsby, Bourne, Lincs
  • Remembered with honour, Caudry British Cemetery

© Geoff Hyde

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • William’s military records cannot be found but the medal roll would indicate that William Sisson Hyde originally served in the 1st/6th Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby regiment).
    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 next mention of William is in the diary of the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire regiment that has an entry on the 19th October 1918 stating
    “Training carried out. Reinforcements 5 officers, 2nd Lieutenants J A Walker, C Fox, W S Hyde, A E Broughton, H J Woodlands”
  • The battalion diary for November 1918 sees the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in trenches around Neuville, to the North East of Caudry.

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

     

    Battalion Diary – 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

    1st November 1918 
    Battalion in the line – Sheet 51A S.E. “C” Company relived “D” Company 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment
    1 Platoon Posts at X11d20.30 & X17b35.95 – 1 platoon X11c90.5.0 to X11c95.15 Company HQ X11c96.10
    “A” Company withdrew to Ghissignies. Left front platoon relieved by 4th Middlesex Regiment, Right Front Platoon by our “B” Company. Dispositions – 1 Platoon X4b60.00 to X5c00.78 – 1 Platoon in cellar X4d35.85, 2 Platoons in Cellar X4d55.35 & X4d40.40B Company (Left Front Company) held line of posts from X5c30.80 to X11a60.70
    “D” Company moved 1 Platoon in cellar at X4d72.20 to cellar at X5c05.15.Casualties 1 other rank wounded

    2nd November 1918 
    In the line – A Company raided posts at level crossing in X5a at 23.45hrs, between 30 and 40 casualties inflicted in enemy. Heavy resistance offered. Casualties 11 other ranks killed, 18 other ranks wounded, 1 other rank missing, 1 other rank ???

     

    3rd November 1918 – In The Line
    Trench mortar activity on front line – Casualties 12 other ranks killed, 17 other ranks wounded, 1 other rank missing, 1 wounded acc sprained wrist

  • 4th November 1918
    Battalion relieved by 111 Infantry Brigade – “A’ Company withdrew to cellars in Ghissignes – Company Headquarters X4H20.30
    “B” Company withdrew to cellars X5c00.15 & X5c15.70
    “C” company withdrew to Saleches in area X19b
    “D” Company withdrew 2 platoons to Saleches in X19b – 2 Platoons followed left flank 111th Infantry Brigade mopping up the crossing and orchards in the vicinity of Chapel in X5a & b and R35c&d, 1 – Platoon establishing posts X5b30.85 to R35d15.15,   1 -Platoon Xb20-70 to X5b10.90. 24 prisioners captured in this operation –
    Working from the south 2 platoons of “B” Company mopped up Railway to level crossing in X5a. “C” Company and 2 platoons of “D” Company in Saleches moved forward to Ghissignies and billeted in cellars. The two forward platoons of “D” Company also withdrawn to Ghissignies.
    In the evening the Battalion moved to Louvigny in area S8b&d. Battalion HQ S7b30.50.
    The Battalion withdrew same evening to Ghissignies resting for the night in cellars. Battalion H Q  X5c20.25
    Casualties 5 other ranks Killed, 8 other ranks wounded, 2 other ranks Missing. 2nd Lt Beales Killed, 2Lt Hyde and 2LT Fox wounded.
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  • 5th November 1918 – Neuville
    The Battalion moved back to Neuville Reinforcements and Casualties Nil
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  • 6th November 1918 – Neuville
    Battalion Resting, Companies Bathed, Reinforcements and Casualties Nil
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  • 7th November 1918 – Neuville
    Battalion Training, Reinforcements 41 other ranks, Casualties Nil

It is most likely that 2nd Lieutenant Willian Sisson Hyde was wounded in the cations of the 4th November and later dies from these wounds.

Sources

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (www.ancestry.co.uk)
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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