Service no. P.S.1743
Private, Middlesex Regiment, 16th Battalion
Killed in action 1 July 1916, aged about 23
Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
British Army WWI Service Records 1914-1920
Sidney Caiger lived at 1 Bolney Street, Dorset Road. He enlisted at Battersea on the 20 March 1915 at the age of 21, and previously worked as a general labourer. He stood 5 feet 5½ inches tall, and his chest measurement was 35½ inches. He weighed just over 8½ stone. There were scars across his back. Caiger gave his father, Emery Caiger, as his next of kin. He was posted on 23 March 1915 and was listed as missing on 8 July 1916 and on 15 September he was registered as killed in action “in the field”. His war had lasted 1 year and 104 days.
Information from the 1911 census
In 1911 Sidney Caiger, 17, was living with his parents Emery Edmund Caiger, 61, and Alice Caiger, 59, at home. He worked as a labourer in the mineral water trade. The family occupied 2 rooms at 48 St Marks Road, Kennington. Emery, a stonemason, was born in Westminster (1901 census) and Alice, a chair weaver, in Godalming, Surrey. Sidney was born in Battersea. Emery and Alice had 10 children, 8 of whom survived.
Information from the 1901 census
In 1901 the Caiger family was living at 9 Kellino Street, Tooting Graveney. The children on the census were
Rose Caiger, 16, an ironer born in Westminster
Alfred Caiger, 13, born in Kennington
Henry Caiger, 11, born in Battersea
Sidney Caiger, 7, also born in Battersea