Brothers Gunner Sidney Claude CABLE 8269 died 28th September 1915 aged 23 and Private William Henry CABLE M2/055363 died 12th November 1915 aged 27

Whilst researching the World War 1 names on the Aldeburgh War Memorial for my book, I found that there were three CABLE brothers who were killed, including Sidney Claude and William Henry who died just two months apart in 1915 – 100 years ago.

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Sidney Claude and William Henry CABLE were the sons of Robert William Henry and Laura Ann CABLE (nee CHASTON) – William was born in the October quarter of 1888 and Sidney in the October quarter of 1892 both in Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

In 1901 the family were living at Town Steps in Aldeburgh and William and Sidney had four other siblings Gertrude, Edward and Robert (also killed in Word War 1 on 2nd August 1917) and Percy and their father’s occupation was shown as Sailor.

Aldeburgh Town Steps

The 1911 census shows William aged 23 living and working in Hampstead London as a Groom – Service Domestic. William was married to Louisa Adelaide COOK on 29th December 1913 in the Parish Church in Westbury upon Trym in Bristol.

The 1911 census shows Sidney aged 18 living and working in Hampstead London as an Under Coachman – Domestic.

Sidney enlisted in Ipswich in Suffolk and he was Gunner 8269 of the D Battery – Royal Field Artillery

Sidney was killed on the 28th September 1915 aged 23 and the following is from the local newspaper:

Leiston, Aldeburgh & Saxmundham Observer Newspaper

9th October 1915 – Young Aldeburgh Soldier Killed

Yet another gap has appeared in Aldeburgh Roll of Honour – Sidney Claude Cable aged 23, fourth son of Robert Cable, Bowman of the Lifeboat crew was killed in action by shrapnel at the Battle of Loos on the 28th September. The parents have just received a very pathetic and sympathising letter from their son’s comrade and friend, in which he says:

“I am writing as Syd wished, to let you know if anything happened. I regret to say Syd died instantly, hit from shrapnel today. My sympathy is great for you, but bear up Mother and all of you; he died doing his duty for his Country. We remained great friends always. I have written to Helen.”

Deceased was a steady promising young fellow and with his parents greatly respected. He joined the Royal Field Artillery in September 1914 and on May 8th of this year went to the front. He has two brothers now with the Army at the front, as motor ambulance drivers.

Much sympathy is felt throughout the town, for the parents and family in their sad loss; but it is, we hope, some consolation to them to know that their son suffered no pain and died a glorious death fighting for King, Country and home.

A pathetic part of the sad tragedy was the fact that deceased’s Officer Lieutenant Barton, to whom he was soldier servant and very much attached, was killed on September 25th hand buried by his men on the 27th, the day Cable lost his life.

In another letter written by Sister Helen, from Maidwell Hall, Northampton to one of the family, reference is made to the strong and faithful attachment of deceased’s to his Officer Lieutenant Barton, his boss was killed on 25th September. Syd and Lynn buried him on the next Tuesday in a little churchyard and Syd held an electric torch whilst the Chaplain read the burial service and then he and Lynn lowered him into the grave. Syd said, after he was at the bottom he got in and had another look at his face. You know dear there was no one like Mr Barton in Syd’s eyes. He made an idol of him.

He told me before he went to the front if anything happened to Mr Barton it would hurt him more than if it was himself, so you can imagine how he feels now. Write him a letter dear for I am sure he is utterly miserable.

Deceased’s faithful comrade and friend packed and forwarded to the parents his watch and other belongings which arrived two day ago.

 23rd October 1915

 Mr & Mrs R Cable thank all friends for the kind sympathy they have received in their recent sad loss of their dear son in France.

The blow was hard, the sting severe

To part with one we loved so dear

Gone to God – we hope to rest

And leaning on the Saviours breast


Place of Death: France

Place of Burial: Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France

S C Cable

Commemorated: Aldeburgh War Memorial

William enlisted in London and was Private M2/055363 of the 356th Mechanical Transport Company – Army Service Corps

William was killed on the 12th November 1915 aged 27 as a result of a motor car accident in France, as the following witness evidence report explains.

“Lieutenant L B Daly Royal Army Medical Corps states at the Lahore British General Hospital on the evening of 6th November 1915 about 6.45pm Private Cable was admitted. On examination he was seen to be covered in blood and had three large wounds in his left thigh. The muscles of the front of the thigh were torn through and the femoral artery was severed. He was operated on immediately and all bleeding stopped.

On the evening of the 8th November signs of gangrene of the left foot commenced. Another operation was performed and the patient was in extremely bad condition. He rallied but on the 10th November the gangrene spread up the leg and the thigh had to be amputated.

His condition became progressively worse and he finally died at 8.40am on the 12th November. The cause of death being laceration of the muscles of the thigh, rupture of the femoral artery and supervening toxaemia.”

Leiston, Aldeburgh & Saxmundham Observer Newspaper

 20th November 1915

 Another Son Killed at Front

 Mr & Mrs Robert Cable of 4 Town Steps have just received the sad news that another of their sons had lost his life, through a motor car accident in France – the victim this time is William Henry Cable aged 27 years, third son to Robert and Laura Cable, a qualified and experienced chauffeur who joined H.M Transport Service early in the war.

 At present no details are to hand as to how and where the accident occurred, but the information states that the injuries were sustained on the 6th November and death took place in Calais Hospital on the 13th inst.

 Much sympathy is felt for the parents in this their second bereavement within a short time. There is another brother also a Transport Driver with the troops in France, but he was not able to get to see his brother before his tragic death.

18th December 1915

 Mr & Mrs Robert Cable wish to thank all kind friends for their sympathy in the second loss they have sustained by the death of their third son, William Henry Cable in France. He met with a sad accident on the night of 6th November caused by lacerated wounds in the left leg. Three days afterwards the limb was amputated, being the only means of saving his life, but of no avail and he passed away on the 12th November aged 27 years. He leaves a widow.

Place of Death: France

Place of Burial: Calais Southern Cemetery, France

W H Cable

Commemorated: Aldeburgh War Memorial

They are both also remembered on their parents’ headston in Aldeburgh Churchyard in Suffolk

Cable Grave Aldeburgh

Like many families across the world this Aldeburgh family made the ultimate sacrifice and lost three sons to the Great War and 100 years on ‘We Will Remember Them’


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