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Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« on: Friday 01 May 15 11:57 BST (UK) »
Hi all,
I'm doing research on Sidney James Fissenden born 1899 in Gravesend and died Dec quarter 1918 in Gravesend. He was 19 years old when he died and believe he most likely died of illness or injury during WW1, if anyone has any information on him or photos i would greatly appreciate it.

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Re: Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« Reply #1 on: Friday 01 May 15 12:13 BST (UK) »
This is his death - the certificate would give you the cause of death. He doesn't appear on the CWGC site as far as I can see, so that may mean that it wasn't a war related death. It is possible that he died from the Spanish flu that was raging through the country then.

Sidney J Fissenden
Birth:   abt 1899
Death registration:   Dec 1918
Age :   19
Gravesend   Kent
Volume:   2a  Page:   1566

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Re: Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« Reply #2 on: Friday 01 May 15 12:16 BST (UK) »
It looks as if he was a Merchant Seaman - his medal card is available here

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8012648
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Re: Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« Reply #3 on: Friday 01 May 15 12:20 BST (UK) »
Found a photo - sent you a PM.
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Re: Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« Reply #4 on: Friday 01 May 15 12:22 BST (UK) »
Find my Past has a CR10 card for him including a photograph all be it a mugshot. There are some personal details also.
He signed on the P&O vessel KHIVA official number 135533 in Sept 1918
http://www.crewlist.org.uk/data/viewimages.php?year=1920&name=KHIVA&page=318&imagesource=CLIP%C2%A0images

A google search should give you a photograph of this vessel.
If he suffered injury or illness whilst at sea which led to his demise, it will be recorded in the ships logbook.

https://www.mun.ca/mha/holdings/viewcombinedcrews.php?Official_No=135533
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Re: Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« Reply #5 on: Friday 01 May 15 12:28 BST (UK) »
Burial

Sidney James Fissenden
Birth     1899
Burial    13 Nov 1918 Municipal Cemetery
Residence   30 Edwin Street Gravesend
 
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Re: Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« Reply #6 on: Friday 01 May 15 12:32 BST (UK) »
Thanks groom,
I have checked and amended my original post.
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Re: Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« Reply #7 on: Friday 01 May 15 12:53 BST (UK) »
Rather sad that he died just before the end of WW1 was declared.
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Re: Sidney James Fissenden - Merchant Navy
« Reply #8 on: Friday 01 May 15 19:40 BST (UK) »
Many thanks seaweed and groom, for your help.  I had found his death recorded in 1918 and have already ordered the certificate.  I was a little surprised that he is not on the CWGC site although mentioned on the local war memorial; although this is not the first I've come across.
I know his older brother, Reuben, was in the Royal West Kents and also died, I have a photo of him from the local paper and census returns etc.
I am part of a project to publish books on the fallen on the local memorials, it is quite time consuming but very interesting and extremely rewarding.
Thanks again for your help. I was at a bit of a loss with this one.