Rank: Rifleman B/2532
Regiment: 8th Bn.,Rifle Brigade
Budleigh Salterton Roll of Honour, Budleigh Salterton War Memorial, St Peter's Church War Memorial
Other Memorial: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord [Google]
PDF Download: DEMANT Sidney Alfred
Sidney was born 4 April 1891 in Bismark Road, Upper Holloway to Alfred Demant and his wife Amelia Maude Louise (Springthorpe). The family lived in North London and Forest Gate, London, until 1911 coming to Budleigh Salterton after that date.
Alfred and Amelia lived at Ivy Cottage (now Yew Tree Cottage) next to the Baptist Chapel in Little Knowle. He was a builder and they stayed there until their deaths in 1923 and 1943 respectively, and are buried in St Peter’s Cemetery, Moor Lane.
Sidney served with the 8th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade and died aged 24 on 12 June 1915. He was buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord in France, near the Belgian border. Sidney’s brother William Harold Demant (1893-1943) also enlisted in the Rifle Brigade and married Gladys M Hitt who was the daughter of William Hitt and Elizabeth (nee Wedlake) and lived in Chapel Street, Budleigh Salterton.
Sidney’s younger sister Winifred Constance Demant (1897-1974) married John James Ratcliff in Budleigh Salterton in 1926. John James was well known in Budleigh Salterton and the Steamer Steps were previously known as Ratcliff End. He died in 1969.
Sidney Demant, Pte, Rifle Brigade is listed under 'Died in their Country's Service' in the Budleigh Salterton Roll of Honour.
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Was lovely to find my familys history on the internet .My wife and I found they lived in Budleigh and for the fast 4 years placed a wreath on the memorial on the sea front every year in November