Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Sidney Prosser
19th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force
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Sidney George Prosser was born in April 1874 in Coleshill. The son of Joseph and Mary, Private Prosser married Edith Swan in April 1902. A member of 19th battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F., Private Prosser (service number 1274) died on 27 July 1916 and is buried at Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, France. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British and Victory medals.
Coleshill Chronicle 16th September 1916 DEATH OF A COLESHILL ANZAC IN FRANCE SIDNEY GEORGE PROSSER, SON OF THE LATE J. R. PROSSER Official news has just been received by his wife of the death (in action) of Corpl. Sidney George Prosser, who was killed in the great push in France on July 27th, 1916. Corpl. Prosser must have seen very rough times in France, as he had been in all the thick of the fighting since the arrival of the Anzacs there, and was on the next list for leave to visit his wife and family, when the order came for all furlough to be stopped. This was naturally a great disappointment to his family and friends. The only consolation to them all is that he died nobly fighting for his country. He volunteered in Sydney, where he joined the Anzacs nearly two years ago, and went straight to Gallipoli (where he was twice wounded, once in the head and once in the arm). He was then transferred to Egypt, and thence to France, where he so valiantly died. Corpl. Prosser went out to Australia about five years ago to open out a new business, in which he was quite successful, having secured the sole and exclusive rights of three new articles of great utility and demand for the whole of the Australasian market. On December 17th, 1913, a great fire broke out at Messrs. Williams Brothers’ grand new buildings (which was once of the sights of Sydney), in which damage was done to the extent of £100,000. Mr Prosser had unfortunately taken a large suite of rooms there, and only the day before the fire occurred had moved all his stock into them. He had no time to take out new insurance policies. Next morning only one wall was left standing, all being totally lost. He was about to make a journey through New Zealand and then join the writer in his business when war broke out. He at once volunteered for service, to meet his glorious death fighting with the brave Anzacs in France. He leaves a widow and two children, by whom he is deeply mourned. – E.SWAN.