The untimely death of a professional soldier

Letter from Sidney Horrobin, 1939

Photo:Sidney Horrobin in King's Own Hussars' uniform, c1922

Sidney Horrobin in King's Own Hussars' uniform, c1922

Contributed to Letter in the Attic by Tricia Leonard

From the Letter in the Attic project

Sidney Horrobin was born (ca 1900) and brought up in West Ham, London. He served as a professional soldier with the King's Own Hussars in Egypt and India, before returning to a posting in England towards the end of 1932.

He spent at least some of the years between 1933 and 1939 in Aldershot but

Sidney died of double pneumonia on 22nd January 1939, leaving a young wife, Elsie, and a son, Keith, aged 3.  He appears to have been based in Yorkshire when he died, having attained the rank of Sergeant.

Written the day before he died

"My Dear Mum, You can see how much better I am, as they are allowing me to write letters.  I am a bit shaky of course, but that will wear off....How is Keith? Tell him his Daddy sends "lux, lud lot of luds". I have nearly finished my 2nd bottle of champagne....Love & kisses to everybody..."

This extract forms part of the contribution of letters and papers contributed to the Letter in the Attic project by Sidney's great-niece, Tricia Leonard.

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This page was added on 24/11/2008.
Comments about this page

Hi, I am a great niece to Sidney. I am Robins daughter and I would love to learn more about my family tree.

By Karen Frew-Mcgill (Purkis) (14/11/2017)

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