This is a picture of SIDNEY WILLIAM CHIPPERFIELD and his wife, ELIZABETH (LIZZIE) BURKINSHAW.

We think Sidney was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk around 1882/3.  His father had a butcher’s shop and Sidney seems to have been one of, at least, 6 children.  Sidney appears to have been a twin; the other ‘half’ being a sister, MABEL.  This would make sense as there seem to have been several multiple births in the family according to later censuses.

At some point part of the family must have moved to London.  When Sidney and Lizzie married in 1912 at Old St Pancras Church, Sidney’s brother BERTIE G CHIPPERFIELD was one of the witnesses (the other was THOMAS BURKINSHAW the bride’s father).

Sidney was described as a labourer on the marriage certificate.   They both gave their address as 9 LITTLE GREEN STREET which was actually the home of Lizzie’s family.

For a long time this was thought to be a wedding picture, but since Sidney’s in uniform it is more likely it was taken as a souvenir photo just after he enlisted. The stamp on the back shows it was taken at The Art Room, 271 KENTISH TOWN ROAD in North West London.   We don’t know when he joined up but it must have been very early during the First World War as he died on the 26th May 1915 whilst serving in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.  He’s buried at First D.C.L.I. Cemetery, The Bluff, in Belgium.

As far as we know, they had no children, so this picture is all that’s left behind of him.Elizabeth Burkinshaw & Sidney Chipperfield circa 1915

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