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