Private Sidney Charles Corston survived the Battle of the Somme only to be killed the following year in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). He was the son of James and Caroline Corston of Manton and enlisted on 4 September 1914, the day which saw a record number of Rutlanders volunteering for the army. Sidney joined the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) and was sent out to France early in August 1915 with the 15th Battalion. He fought at the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and took part in fighting around Lens. In October 1917 the battalion moved to Elverdinghe to join the later stages of Third Ypres. On 20 October the Foresters moved into position at Gouvy Farm near Boesinghe and two days later took part in an attack on German positions south of Houthulst Forest. The battalion war diary says between 21-23 October 16 officers and men were killed, 161 were wounded and 21 were reported missing. According to George Phillips in Rutland and the Great War, Sidney was killed by shell fire during a German counterattack. He was aged 20 and has no known grave and so is remembered on Panel 100 of the Tyne Cot Memorial, and also on the war memorial in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin Church in Manton. There is also an inscription to Sidney on his brother's grave in Manton Cemetery. The grave is at the front on the left hand side almost out of sight under the trees. The inscription reads: "Sidney Charles Corston, 15th Sherwood Foresters who was killed in action in Belgium October 26th 1917 aged 20 years."
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