Sidney Horrobin (known as ‘Bunny’ to his mother) was born (date unknown but circa 1900) and brought up in West Ham, London. He served as a professional soldier with the 3rd King’s Own Hussars.

WO2 (SQMS) Sidney Horrobin
WO2 (SQMS) Sidney Horrobin

As a soldier, he took various educational courses to become an educational trainer for his regiment.

He served in Egypt and India before returning to a posting in England towards the end of 1932.

On return from India, he served in York, Tidworth and Aldershot with the Regiment and was posted to Catterick as the Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant at the Cavalry Depot.

As one of his sisters lived in the Brighton area, his mother also moved out of London and, during the time of this correspondence, was living in Hove, East Sussex.

The actual date of his mother’s move is unknown but it is thought to be at some time during 1933 or 1934. It is unclear where Sidney’s father lived.

Sidney died of double pneumonia on 22nd January 1939 leaving a young wife, Elsie, and a son, Keith, aged 3.

In March or April 1939, Keith was moved into an orphanage in Blackburn.

Keith left the orphanage on 24th May 1946 when he returned to the care of his mother who was then living in Ilford, Essex.

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