Private Sydney Dunstan
Probably born Sydney Camoile
37276 1st East Lancashire Regiment
Lived at 33 Miller Street
Killed in Action 24th October 1918
Buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery, France
St Peters Memorial, Burnley

St Georges Memorial Brinsworth (as Camoile)
Burnley Express 30th November 1918

“Young Burnley Weaver Killed. Burnley Express 30th November 1918

News had been received that Private Sydney Dunstan, who lived with his grandmother at 33 Miller Street (near Aqueduct Street) was killed in action on October 28th. He belonged to the East Lancs Regt and was 21 years of age.He joined up and went out in 1916. He was formerly a weaver at Foulds’ Trafalgar Shed and attended Pickup Croft Sunday School.”

Sydney Dunstan was born in Mexborough, Yorkshire. He enlisted at Burnley as Private 37276 in the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. He was killed in action aged 21 on Thursday 24th October 1918 and is buried at Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord France in Grave VI E 9..

In the Roll of Honour for November 30th. He was remembered by Annie and Frank in Salonika.

Sydney Dunstan was also commemorated on the Pickup Croft Sunday School Memorial which was dedicated on 16th September 1922. Pickup Croft was a mission church of St Peter’s Parish and was also used as an Infant School.

I have just taken images of the war memorial at St Georges Churchyard at Brinsworth near Sheffield, with a view to researching the names on it. My first 'brickwall' is a name on there of 'S. Cammoile'. Couldn't find him on CWGC, SDGW, Ancestry, TNA etc etc. Being a member of the Great War Forum i put his name forward as one i couldn't find. Well, one member really turned up trumps, his 'real' name was Sydney Dunstan of Burnley!
This is the reply i got from Adrian on the GWF -

I *think* this is your man:

Initials: S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: East Lancashire Regiment
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Date of Death: 24/10/1918
Service No: 37276
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. E. 9.

SDGW adds first name Sydney, born Mexborough, enlisted Burnley. Killed in action.

The Rotherham CAMOILE family in 1911 is the right one, but Sydney is not at home - if he ever lived there!

1911 Census
20 Foljambe St, Parkgate, Rotherham
CAMOILE Wilfred, Head, 32, Boiler Maker, b Burnley Lancs
CAMOILE Hannah, Wife, 32 (married 12 years, 7 born, 5 still living), b Swinton Yorks
CAMOILE Mildred, Dau, 11, b Burnley Lancs [birth regd as Mildred CAMMOILE, Burnley Q4 1899]
CAMOILE Jack, Son, 9, b Mexborough Yorks [Jack CAMMOILE, Doncaster Q2 1901]
CAMOILE Arthur, Son, 7, b Mexborough Yorks [Arthur Machin CAMMOILE, Doncaster Q4 1903]
CAMOILE Mary, Dau, 5, b Mexborough Yorks [Mary Machin CAMMOILE, Doncaster Q3 1905]
CAMOILE Wilfred, Son, 2, b Parkgate Yorks [Wilfred Machin CAMOILE, Rotherham Q3 1908]

Other probable offspring:
Nellie Machin CAMMOILE, b Rotherham Q1 1907, d Rotherham Q1 1908 age 1
George Machin CAMOILE, b Rotherham Q1 1910, d Rotherham Q3 1910 age 0
Frank M CAMOILE, b Rotherham Q2 1911
Florence CAMOILE, b Rotherham Q2 1912, d Rotherham Q4 1912 age 0

From the "7 born, 5 still living" and the 5 names beneath, it looks like there's no room for more. By census-time 1911 they had had 7 children born to this marriage (Mildred, Jack, Arthur, Mary, Nellie, Wilfred and George) of which 2 (Nellie and George) had died.

But there was another one! One not "born to this marriage".

Here's the family in 1901 (Wilfred is away and the surname is indexed COUNNIDE on Ancestry!):

1901 Census:
26 Admiral St, Burnley
CAMMOILE Hannah, Head, Married, 22, Cotton Windress, b Mexborough Yorks
CAMMOILE Sydney, Son, 3, b Mexborough Yorks
CAMMOILE Mildred, Dau, 18 months, b Burnley Lancs
KENDAL Hannah, Mother [actually MiL, see below!], Widow, 51, b Bakewell Derbys

The marriage of Wilfred CAMMOILE [also registered as CAMMVILE] to Hannah DUNSTAN is registered in Burnley in Q1 1899.
As Sydney is 3 in the 1901 census, he must have been born before the marriage.
And indeed there is the birth registered of Sydney DUNSTAN in Doncaster (covers Mexborough) in Q3 1898.

But where's Sydney in 1911? He's with his grandmother in Burnley.

1911 Census:
33 Miller St, Burnley
KENDALL Hannah, Head, 62, Widow, Charwoman, b Bakewell Derbys
MACHIN [indexed MACLIM] Sydney, Grandson, 12, Scholar, b Mexborough [indexed Mixboro!] Yorks
+ 2 boarders.

Hannah KENDALL is Wilfred CAMOILE's mother. She was born Hannah MACHIN (or MACKIN in some records), married an unidentified Mr CAMOILE/CAMOMILE sometime before 1879 when Wilfred CAMOMILE [sic] was born in Burnley, but was widowed by 1881.
In 1892 she married (as Hannah CAMOMILE) one ?widower Benjamin KENDAL(L) in Burnley, but was very soon widowed again. Their marriage is registered in the same quarter as the probable death of Benjamin KENDAL age 53 in Burnley in Q4 1892.

It appears then that Sydney DUNSTAN was a.k.a. CAM(M)OILE and a.k.a. MACHIN. The Mexborough birth and Burnley residence of Sydney MACHIN/CAMOILE in 1911 match the SDGW data for Sydney DUNSTAN. Pity there's no service record to definitely confirm it!







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