Author Topic: Captain Wm. John Sivewright :7th Manchesters. Kia 2.11.17  (Read 523 times)

Offline PhilipG

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Captain Wm. John Sivewright :7th Manchesters. Kia 2.11.17
« on: October 25, 2019, 11:52:58 AM »
In the "Manchester Battalions Book of Honour", there are numerous Roll of Honours published by employers listing those of their employees serving in HM Forces.     One of those Rolls of Honour which has interested me is that for the business partnership "Sivewright, Bacon and Company."    I do not know what type of business the partnership engaged in, possibly "the rag trade"?   Is there any info. known in that respect, please?

Both partners enlisted in the 7th Manchesters and both were killed in action - the second partner being Lt. Alan Harvey Bacon - kia 6.8.15.      PhilipG.

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Re: Captain Wm. John Sivewright :7th Manchesters. Kia 2.11.17
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2019, 12:23:35 PM »
Philip,
The company was engaged in shipping, coal and coke and import and export.
https://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Sivewright,_Bacon_and_Co
Charlie

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Re: Captain Wm. John Sivewright :7th Manchesters. Kia 2.11.17
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2019, 01:41:25 PM »
Charlie,

Many thanks.   A larger firm than I anticipated.   This must have been the time when the Manchester Ship Canal was very active.   Happy days.  Thank you again.   PhilipG.

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Re: Captain Wm. John Sivewright :7th Manchesters. Kia 2.11.17
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2019, 10:45:54 AM »
Lieutenant Bacon who was killed in Gallipoli has his name recorded on the Helles Memorial.   Captain Sivewright at the time of his death was serving in the Nieuport sector.   On the night of the 1st November 1917 Sivewright was involved in the relief of the 5th Manchesters in the front line.    Whilst there, some scheme was arranged to examine the recent installation of new wire entanglements forward of the front line trenches.   Unfortunately, the party advanced beyond the wire only to come under heavy fire from an enemy patrol in the vicinity.   This resulted not only in the death of Captain Sivewright, but also in the deaths of two officers in the 5th battalion and the wounding of two Other Ranks.    For some reason "the impromptu venture" had not received the patrol precautions required.

Captain Sivewright is buried in Oostend New Communal Cemetery.

(The WW2 maxim : "Order - counter order - disorder" comes to mind).     PhilipG.