Sidney James Selway


Sidney James Selway


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Royal Marine Artillery
H.M.S. "Queen Mary."


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


United Kingdom


>He has no Headstone. He is Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial to the missing at sea.

UK Memorials

St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey, Herts. Oxhey, Herts, War Memorial. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hants.

Pre War

Sidney James Selway, born on 5th May 1894 in New Barnet, Hertfordshire, was the son of Joseph Selway and Anna Selway (nee Keen). His father was a famer and Sidney was one of four children, Annie (Born 1889), Dorothy (1899, and Ronald (1904). He was Baptised in late 1994, at the Church of St Lawrence’s, Little Stanmore, Middx.

1901 Census records Sidney aged 6, living with his two sisters at The Farm, Rose Hill, Sutton, Surrey. his grandmother Ann Selway was also living at the Farm with them.

In 1911 the family was living at Oldfield’s Farm, Sutton, Surrey. Sidney aged 16, was still at school, living with his parents two sisters and brother, his grandmother Ann Selway was still  living at the Farm with them.

On 2nd September 1912, Sidney enlisted at London in the Royal Marian Artillery, he was aged 18, years and 3 months, 5’-8” tall, and his occupation at the time was a Farm Labourer, his next-of-Kin was his father Joseph, of Hairfield High Road, Potters Bar, Middx. He was given the service number RMA/13045.

On completion of his training he was appointed a Gunner on 22nd August 1913, he joined HMS Queen Mary on 5th September 1913.

Wartime Service

On the outbreak of war Sidney was still serving aboard HMS Queen Mary, on 22nd May 1916, he was promoted a Bombardier. He was killed in Action on 31 May 1916, aged 22, at the Battle of Jutland, when HMS Queen Mary was hit by two shells from the German Battlecruiser Derfflinger, her magazines exploded shortly afterwards. 1,266, Officers and Men were lost with just 20 survivors. His body was not recovered for burial.

His mother, who was notified of his death, was living in Kingsbourne Green, Luton, Bedfordshire.

Sidney is remembered with honour at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He is commemorated on the Memorial at St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey.

His connection with the area is currently unknown.


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