Sidney Blincoe 
Died from war-related illness 1920
Father Nm: Jonah Blincoe  1848-1932 : Oldest known Ancestor – William Blincow d.1702 Bicester.
Mother Nm: Mary Ann Hitchman 1849-1901.
Marriage Dt:1918, 4th March 1918 to Mary Jane Broomfield at St Thomas Chapel, Ringwood, Hants, Ringwood 2b 1598.
K comments: Brother William John served with the Royal Warwickshire Regt. and died in 1919.
Spouse Comments: Mary Jane Broomfield 1896.
Birth 1889 Long Crendon Bucks.
Thame 3a 773
1891 Census Air Hill, Long Crendon
- Jonah Blincoe 41 Long Crendon Head Carter On Farm
- Mary A Blincoe 41 Moreton In Marsh, Gloucester, Wife
- Louisa Blincoe 7 Long Crendon Daughter
- Sidney Blincoe 1 Long Crendon Daughter
- William Blincoe 14 Long Crendon Son
- Florence Blincoe 4 Long Crendon Daughter
- John Blincoe 78 Stoke Lyne Lodger Farm Labourer
1901 Census Church End, Long Crendon.
- Jonah Blincoe 51 Long Crendon Head Carter On Farm
- Mary A Blincoe 51 Moreton In Marsh, Gloucester, Wife
- Louisa Blincoe 7 Long Crendon Daughter
- Sidney Blincoe 11 Long Crendon Son
- Fanny Blincoe 8 Long Crendon Daughter
- Lily Blincoe 6 Long Crendon Daughter
1911 Census Hambledon
- Blinco Sidney Age 21 A Labourer At Borough Farm, Hambledon, A Lodger Of Frank Blake (Sheperd)
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Army Service Corps
Blincoe Sidney, 1889, Long Crendon, Bucks, Acting Sergeant, T4/038008, Driver, 199th Coy. Army Service Corps. Horse Transport
22nd Dec. Enlisted at Woolwich, 25 years old a Carman. Sidney was at the Home base from 22nd Dec 1914 – 23rd Sept 1915
Initially a Driver in the Army Service Corps, Horse Transport company.
23rd Sept. Sidney embarked for France (until 23rd Feb 1918)
Sidney was in 199th Company ASC which was part of the 25th Divisional Train. The 25th Division was established in September 1914 as part of Army Order 388 authorising Kitchener’s Third New Army, K3. The units of the Division began to assemble in the area of Salisbury. Early days were somewhat chaotic, the new volunteers having very few trained officers and NCOs to command them, no organised billets or equipment. Inspected by Lord Kitchener on 12 August 1915, the units of the Division crossed to France 25 – 30 September and concentrated in the area of Nieppe. The 25th Division thereafter served on the Western Front throughout the war, involved in many battles. Sidney, of course, was likely in his role (as a driver) to be close to combat very often and it was in one of these situations he was gassed badly enough for it to eventually end his life early in 1920.3
The German attack on Vimy Ridge in May
1st – 13th Jul. The Battle of Albert* The first two weeks of Anglo-French offensive operations in the Battle of the Somme. The 25th Division was in support but some units took over fronts lines in relief on 3rd July etc.
14th Jul. The Battle of Bazentin* Launched by the British Fourth Army at dawn on 14th marked the start of the second phase of the Battle of the Somme.
23rdJul. – 7th Aug. The Battle of Pozieres*.
1stOct- 11th Nov. The Battle of the Ancre Heights* (a phase of the Battles of the Somme 1916)
The battles marked * are phases of the Battles of the Somme 1916
20th May. Promoted to Acting Sergeant.
7th-14th Jun. The Battle of Messines Ridge. The 25th Div. was selected to be one that would make the assault and was placed in the front line between the Wulverghem-Messines and Wulverghem-Wytschaete roads.
The Division lost no fewer than 24 infantry company commanders during this action. In total, the losses in this successful action were 145 officers and 2907 men killed, wounded or missing.
Jul. The Battle of Pilckem (a phase of the Third Battles of Ypres)
24th Feb – 10th Mar. On furlough to get married to Mary Jane Bloomfield in Ringwood, Hants. Returned to France and stayed there until 25th Jun.1919
21st – 23rd Mar. The Battle of St Quentin. In this battle, the units of the Division were ordered to reinforce other sorely pressed formations in a piecemeal fashion. From the opening phases of the attack until the Division was withdrawn six days later, it fought continuously under strange commanders and staffs, and not as a Division.1
24th – 28th Mar. The First Battle of Bapaume. The defensive fight was continuous and confusing, as enemy units pushed forward on all sides. Carrying out a fighting withdrawal, by 26 March the Division found itself on the 1916 Somme battlefield. On that date, the Division was finally relieved and moved to Pommier and thence to Couin. By 28 March, the Brigades were south of Doullens and out – for the moment – of harm’s way. The Division was desperately tired, having been in continuous action and covering on 27 and 28 March a considerable distance on foot (36 miles in 36 hours). It had also lost more than half its fighting strength: 318 officers and men dead, 1496 wounded and 1588 missing, many taken prisoner.1
The Battle of Messines, 1918. The enemy attack broke through the British Ploegsteert and advanced along the Ypres road, endangering the garrison holding Ploegsteert Wood. Ordered to counter-attack, 75th Brigade, the Royal Engineers, Machine Gun Battalion and other elements of the Division became involved in heavy fighting. 1
13th – 16th Apr. The Battle of Bailleul.
25th – 26th Apr. The Second Battle of Kemmel.
26th May – 14th Jun. The Battle of the Aisne 1918.Casualties 4338 officers and men, of whom 2511 were missing.
3rd – 7th Oct. The Battle of Beaurevoir (a phase of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line)
8th Oct. The Battle of Cambrai (a phase of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line). Proved to be a highly successful day for the Division, which made a fine advance in the area of Ponchaux with few casualties. 1
Oct. The Pursuit to and Battle of the Selle (phases of the Final Advance in Picardy)
Nov. The Battle of the Sambre (phases of the Final Advance in Picardy)
Promoted to Sergeant in 1919
26th Jun. Returned home until discharged on 24th Jul. 1919
The Long, Long Trail, The British Army of 1914-1918 – for family historians http://www.1914-1918.net/.
The 25th Division in France and Flanders; Kincaid-Smith, M.
Family recollections of Mabel White grand niece.
Further Reading on 25th Division @ http://www.1914-1918.net/25div.htm
1914-15 Star, British and Victory medals.
After the War
Death 1920 Age 31 years
Death 22 May 1920 of heart failure, Widow Mary awarded a pension by the Army and Sidney added to the memorial at the CWCG. Indicating health affected by war experiences.
Buried at Ringwood Cemetery (Ringwood being his home in 1920) and there is also a war memorial in Ringwood to Sidney.
Widow Mary Jane Blincoe would have received the memorial plaque and scroll from the King . In addition, a War Widows pension of 1 Pound per week but this would have terminated 2 years after she re-married.
There are 8 records in the National Archives for this man. For copyright reasons, they cannot be re-published.