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BIDDLE, Sidney (1875-1962)

Sidney Biddle was a gipsy who had a brief stay in Wickhamford in 1916 when he and his wife, Alice, had a daughter, Coralina, baptised on 10th September.  The Baptism Register stated that, apart from his occupation as a Traveller, he was “at present serving in the AVC”, probably meant to imply the Army Veterinary Corps.  No service record for this man has been found.  This is perhaps not surprising given that newspaper reports of the time show him trying to avoid military service. He probably never did serve but in view of the Church record, above, his name is included here.

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