Drinkstone remembers at special exhibition

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A Suffolk man who was killed in action in France 100 years ago during the First World War is being remembered at a special exhibition in Drinkstone, close to his home village.

Private Sidney Rose, 29, was one of four brothers serving with the 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment when he was killed by a German shell on October 29, 1916, during the final weeks of the Battle of the Somme.

He has no known grave, but his name is inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

An exhibition charting his life and military service has been compiled on behalf of the Drinkstone War Memorial Institute by Robin Sharp.

Vice-chairman Mr Sharp said: “We’ve been remembering and celebrating the lives of each of the men listed on our Great War Memorial on the centenary of their death.

“I agreed to research the backgrounds of these men and tell their stories, which we felt would be a fitting way to honour their lives.”

The exhibition at the village hall will continue the end of November, including the Remembrance Sunday weekend.

Mr Sharp added: “We are pleased to honour the memory of Sidney Rose and show that his life and sacrifice have not been forgotten by this generation of Drinkstonians.

“Sadly, the next man to be remembered will be Private Cecil Rose, Sidney’s brother also of the 8th Suffolks.

“The stories of each man are not complete and we would be pleased to receive any further information about Sidney, or of the other 14 men, to help us to recall their lives.”