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Sidney Thorne

Birth - Certificate 

      Name: Sydney Charles Thorne 
      Born: 9th December 1894.  
    Father: Charles Thomas Edgar Thorne, Labourer in Yeast factory.
    Mother: Kate Ruby Poole.
   Address: 69 Friar Street. 
Registered: 11/01/1895 - Southwark, Borough Rd.

Birth - BMD Index 

Births Mar 1895 - Thorne  Sydney Charles   St.Saviour  1d  52 

Parish Record 

   Name: Sidney Charles Thorne 
Baptism: 6 Jan 1895 
 Father: Charles Thorne, yeast merchant 
 Mother: Kate Thorne 
  Abode: 69 Friar Street
  Where: All Hallows, Southwark, Surrey

NOTE: Friar Street was renamed Webber Street.

Marriage - Certificate 

Amelia Jane Hawkins & Sidney Charles Thorne.

19th December 1925 at Southwark Registry office.

     Name: S. Thorne, aged 31 - Seaman Merchant service.
   Father: Charles Thorne - Boiler makers labourer (deceased).
  Address: 188 Queens buildings. Scovell Road

     Name: A. Hawkins aged 29 - Paper packer.
   Father: John Hawkins - Type founder (deceased), 
  Address: 3 Toulmin Street.
Witnesses: D Lee, & H Lee.

NOTE: D Lee was Dora, Sidney's sister, & her husband Harry Lee.

Death details

BMD Deaths Mar 1954 - Thorne Sidney C 59yrs   Camberwell   5c 317

Death Certificate...

           Name: Sidney Charles Thorne 
           Date: 14th Feb 1954, aged 59 years.
     Occupation: Formerly Engineers Labourer
      Informant: A J Hawkins widow of the deceased
        Address: 35 Reading House Peckham Park Rd SE15
 Cause of Death: 1.a Generalised carcinomatosis
                 1.b Carcinoma of oesophagus 
                 11. Gastrosomy


      Buried: 20th Feb 1954, Nunhead cemetery.
Grave number: 22411/23sq, Public grave. 

NOTE: Update May 2008, After years of searching I've found  the gravestone buried. 
      Has been cleaned up and put back in it's place. Click to see photos.
School Admissions

All London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911    

          Name: Sidney Thorne
           Age: 3
    Birth Date: 9 Dec 1894
        School: Orange Street School
       Borough: Southwark
Admission Date: 4 Jul 1898
        Parent: Charles (Labourer)
       Address: 99 Victoria Buildings,Suffolk St.

          Name: Sidney Thorne
           Age: 6
    Birth Date: 9 Dec 1894
        School: Orange Street School
   Last School: Belverdre place
       Borough: Southwark
Admission Date: 11 Mar 1901
        Parent: Charles (Labourer)
       Address: 46 Great Suffolk St.

NOTE: Orange Street School is now the Jerwood Space. It is situated between 
      what is now Copperfield Street on one side and Union Street on the other. 
      Just off of Great Suffolk Street. The top half of the building no longer 
      looks the same due to damage done in WWII.

      I believe the address is 99 Great Suffolk street, 9 Victoria buildings, 
      as that is the address for Charles on the 1898 electoral roll.

Times Newspaper 14th Oct 1908

At Tower-bridge, Sidney Thorne, 13 a Schoolboy, was remanded charged 
with setting fire to a warehouse at Newington-causeway. The prisoner 
had admitted his guilt, but said that "he could not help it."

South London Press  6th Nov 1908

A BOY INCENDIARY. Sidney Thorne (13). Schoolboy, 7, King's-Place, Southwark, 
was brought up on remand, before Mr. Baggallay, charged with setting fire to a 
warehouse, 6 King's-place, Southwark, on the 18th October, the property of Wm. 
Ashwell, cork manufacturer. - Wm. Westcott, industrial school officer, now stated 
that information had been received that the boy had set fire to another place 
previously, and he asked that prisoner should be further remanded in order that a 
doctor might examine him as to his state of mind. - Prisoner was further remanded. 

Royal Navy Service Record 1912 - 1922

In process of transcribing Sidney's Royal Navy record,
from the 9th December 1912 to 1922. 

Please do contact me if you need to know more or would like 
to see the original image in pdf format.

RN Medical Treatment at Sea

                   Name: Sidney Thorne
                   Rank: Able Seaman 
                   Ship: HMS Mantis
                    Age: 23
                Ailment: Old injury right hand.
         Admission Date: 16th June 1916
Discharged Back to Duty: 18th June 1916
            Information: Man was discharged to Hospital Basra. 
                         Man was treated aboard HMS Mantis and Tigris Gunboats.
      Archive Reference: ADM101/389

Log Book - HMS Mantis

Abadan - Lat 30.3, Long 48.3

19 June 1916 - 4.0pm: AB Thorne discharged to hospital

Log Book - RIM Dalhousie

Basrah - Lat 30.5269, Long 47.8407
30 Dec 1916 - AM joined from SS Chakla: S Thorne, Able Seaman

Basrah - Lat 30.5269, Long 47.8407
14 Jan 1917 - PM Discharged To Waterfly for Mantis: S Thorne, Able Seaman.

NOTE: Click HERE to see the log entry for that day on Mantis. Or  go to, to see a list of all the log entries for HMS Mantis. 

Abadan is in Iran, and approximately 33 miles from Basra,in modern day Iraq.

RIM is Royal Indian Marine. Dalhousie log books are here. 
SS is Single-screw Steamship.

UK, Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972, 134 Roll, R.N.

Name                Rank or Rating    No.        Medals,&c.earned

THORNE, Sidney C    A.B.              J.15663      ST  V  B

NOTE: Sections titled "How Issued or disposed of" and "Remarks" were blank.

NOTE: ST.= 1914-1915 Star    B.= British War Medal    V.= Victory Medal

NOTE: 1914-1915 Star - For service in all other theatres of war, 5 Aug 1914 
                       & 31 Dec 1915; and for service in France and Belgium, 
                       23 Nov 1914 - 31 Dec 1915 

   British War Medal - For service abroad (including India)  
                       5 Aug 1914 - 11 Nov 1918, or 1919-1920 in Russia. 

       Victory Medal - For military & civilian personnel who served in a 
                       theatre of war.             

Electoral Register 1818 & 1919

Absent Voters List - Queens Buildings, Scovell Road.

Thorne, Sidney Charles 188   JI5663A.B.,H.M.S "Pembroke"

NOTE: A William Ward is also listed at the same address.
Certificates of Discharge - Merchant Navy.

Able Seaman Sidney C Thorne (b.1892 Southwark/London)

Name of ship: Semper Paratus (146060).

 20th Aug to 18th Sept 1923 - Salvage work, N.Atlantic.

19th Sept to 30th Sept 1923 - Intended foreign.

Ability and General conduct on both were stamped "Very B17 Good".

NOTE: HMS Buttercup Launched Oct 1915 was sold in Feb 1920 & became 
      mercantile salvage vessel Semper Paratus.

      Harrisburn telegraph. 6th July 1923 - TO SEARCH FOR GOLD ON SUNKEN 
      LUSITANIA. The salvage steamship Semper Paratus left Dover yesterday with 
      clearance papers for the North Atlantic, reputedly to attempt salvage of 
      the gold from the sunken Lusitania.

      Sidney was on the Semper Paratus during this salvage attempt. He was a 
      qualified Navy diver so perhaps he was hired for those skills. There were 
      many newspaper reports surrounding this particular trip at the time. Count 
      Landi, the owner and salvage expert, had invented a new diving suit which he 
      claimed would allow them to go deeper then before and therefore deep enough 
      to get to the Lusitania which lay at 280 feet. Current suits would allow 
      divers to go down only so far as 120 feet. Landi's plan was to raise the 
      ship. He had done this many times before with wrecks. Semper Paratus was 
      specially equipped with all the latest salvaging gear, including an electric 
      blasting machine.

      If you search google for the Semper Paratus and Lusitania many interesting 
      newspaper articles turn up in the results (for free). 

      The second voyage that Sid was on, shown above as Intended foreign, appears 
      in a short newspaper article states that while lying off of Gravesend, some 
      of the seamen went ashore and when they returned two were missing. Both 
      found in the mud off of Gravesend and one had been hit over the head with 
      a blunt instrument. He died a few days later from a fractured skull. No one 
      seems to know what had happened. At the inquest some of the men who were 
      with him in the motor-boat gave evidence that they were not able to say how 
      the accident occurred or how the men got into the mud.

NOTE: Sidney's year of birth is wrong. He was born 1894. These two certificates 
      were among Sid's personal papers.

NOTE: I'm still searching for Sid's Merchant Seaman records. He is missing from 
      the Merchant Navy Seamen register, and without his discharge number I 
      can't seem to find any other records, for now. It might be a job for a 
      professional researcher. I've been told if I could find the crew list of the 
      Semper Paratus for the dates above, that "sometimes" they list the discharge 
      numbers of the crew too.

Electoral Register 1925

188L Queens Buildings, Collinson Street.

2686 O O Thorne, Catherine Ruby 
2687 O _ Thorne, Sidney Charles

Film Extra - 1927

Dark Journey 1937, Starring Vivian Leigh. 

Sidney was one of the extras right at the end of the film. He is one of a group 
of sailors jumping from a vessel into the sea. 

I have the film on DVD but it is too grainy to pick him out. I like to think he 
is the one with the cap on that was very similar to the cap he wore in real life,

Newspapers - 1932

Western Daily Press Bristol, England - 3 Aug 1932

MAN WHO LOST HIS LAST SIXPENCE AT DARTS. Holiday Tragedy of Two Friends. 

A Man who, during the day, had lost the last sixpence that he had in his 
pocket at a game of darts, was that night found dead before a gas-stove at
his tenement home in Southwark, London. Some time later man friend, whom he 
had partnered at darts, and who occupied a separate tenement the same 
buildings was taken to Guy's Hospital suffering from poisoning. The dead man 
Albert Puckey (54), an unemployed boilermaker, and his death was discovered 
when his family returned from a Bank Holiday outing. 

The man in hospital is Charles Sidney Thorne (38) an ex-naval man. Puckey, 
who had been unemployed for several years, remained at home yesterday while 
his family went out for the day. When his daughter returned she found him 
dead before the gas-stove and ran down to Mr Thorne, whose door she collapsed. 

Wife's Screams. Thorne, after running upstairs and rendering assistance,
returned to his own home and apparently retired for the night. Some hours
afterwards neighbours heard Thorne's wife screaming. With a neighbour 
Mrs Thorne left their rooms and on her return Thorne was found lying 
unconscious suffering from gas poisoning. 

In the same room two of Thorne's five children - a boy and a girl, aged seven
and three respectively - were fast asleep apparently unharmed. Thorne was 
removed to Guy's Hospital, where friends watched by his bedside throughout 
the night. It is expected that he will recover, but his condition last night 
was reported to be serious.

Evening Telegraph Angus, Scotland - 2 Aug 1932


… Thorne, ex-naval man, had recently restarted work after long illness. 
A few weeks ago a man to whom he was talking collapsed and died before 
his eyes. Puckey had been unemployed for several years. 

Nottingham Evening Post - 3 Aug 1932

… NO QUARREL. Betty Mary Mason, employed at a public house in Southwark, 
said Puckey came into the house on Monday with another customer named 
Sid Thorne. The time was 11.30, and left at about one of clock. Puckey 
and Mr. Thorne had was glass of ale each. The Coroner: Was there from 
11.30 till 1 o'clock and only had one glass of beer. What was ho doing? 
Miss Mason: He was reading the paper, and for time watched some men 
playing darts. Did you notice anything unusual about him? - seemed rather 
depressed? There was no quarrel or dispute? - No, he left the public house 
perfectly sober … 

NOTE: Newspaper reports of the Coroner's inquest said that Mr.Puckey had 
      been unemployed for several years and suffering ill health for many 
      years. He had chronic bronchitis, had TB (unknown to him), was blind 
      in one eye (the result of an accident), and suffered from sleeplessness 
      and depression. Verdict was deceased's mind was unsound at the time 
      took his life.

Electoral Register

1930, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1936 and 1939.

188 L Queens Buildings, Collinson Street.

R  O   Thorne, Sidney Charles 
Rw Dw  Thorne, Amelia Jane

NOTE:  R. = Residence Qualification
     B.P. = Business premises qualification
       O. = Occupation Qualification
     H.O. = Qualification through husband's occupation
     N.M. = Naval or Military Voter
       D. = Qualification through wife's occupation
       Rw = Residence qualification
       Bw = Business premises qualification
       Ow = Occupation Qualification
       Dw = Qualification through husband's occupation
NOTE: Queens Buildings, L Block, was hit by a parachute landmine in 
      October 1940.
Letter from Admiralty

Dated 20th Aug 1936.  

S.C. Thorne - C/J.15663

Served as Boy 2nd and 1st class ordinary and able seaman 
from 17th Jan 1912 to 8th March 1922 when discharged.

Personal description 9/12/1912

 D.O.B: 9 Dec 1894                          
Height: 5'5½"                                 Hair: Light Brown        
 Chest: 36"                                   Eyes: Grey 
 Marks: scar inner side of left knee.   Complexion: Fresh
1939 Register

          Name: Sidney C Thorne
        Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
    Birth Date:	9 Dec 1894
Residence Year: 1939
       Address: Police HM Dockyard
     Residence: Chatham, Kent, England
Schedule No: 175  Sub Schedule: 26 
Enumeration District: DHCB  Registration district: 47-1

Memorandum Admiralty

1st Sept 1939

Royal Marine Police Special Reserve.

Enrolled 8th Sept 1939

Served H.M dockyard Chatham 8-09-39 to 6-11-41
        Admiralty Buildings 7-11-41 to 6-10-45

Discharge 6-10-45 'Consequent upon a reduction of complement'
Rank of Constable.

Efficiency: Satisfactory
 Character: Very Good

Electoral Register 1945 - 1954

35 Reading House, Friary Estate.

Sidney C Thorne
Amelia J Thorne