Born in Malpas, Cheshire on 16 July 1885, the son of the late Thomas Barlow and Elizabeth Hewitt (previously Barlow) of Top House, Chorlton Lane, Malpas, Cheshire.
Sydney enlisted in the army in 1907, serving in India between 1909 and 1914.
We have had some difficulty in tracing Sydney in Census records. We think that he was working as a servant at Larkton Hall, Larkton at the time of the 1901 Census and was in India at the time of the 1911 Census. His military records indicate he had a brother, Richard and a sister, Elizabeth but we cannot trace the family in the 1891 Census. These records also indicate he had half siblings John Hewitt, Lucy Walton (who we believe was Lucy Hewitt, marrying John Walton in 1919) and Annie Phipps (who we believe was Annie Hewitt, marrying Walter Phipps in 1919). They also indicate his mother was Elizabeth Hewitt. We can assume that Elizabeth Hewitt was previously Elizabeth Barlow. The closest we have come to tracing these families in the Census records is the 1891 Census showing an Eliza Barlow (widow) and a John Hewitt (single) both working as servants on Top Farm, Oldcastle, Cheshire for Thomas Blantern, farmer. We can find no trace of any of the Barlow children in the 1891 Census or the Hewitt children in the 1901 Census.
Regiment : 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Rank : Private
Service Number : 9453
Killed in action; France 30 October 1914 Aged 29