Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Private Sidney Ogden, 1st/9th Battalion, the Manchester Regiment, died of wounds received at Gallipoli. His brother, Private Harry Ogden, had died the day before from wounds received two weeks earlier.
Private Ogden and his brother Harry had worked as piecers at the Guide Bridge Spinning Company, and had joined the Ashton Territorials at the outbreak of the Great War. Their mother was so grief-stricken on hearing of their deaths that she threw herself into the canal, but was rescued by a passer-by. Their older brother William immediately enlisted in the battalion – he would survive the war.
Harry lies buried in the Port Said War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt – on his headstone are the words, “No morning dawns no night returns but what we think of thee”.
Sidney lies buried in the Lancashire Landing Cemetery in Turkey – on his headstone are the words, “Safe in God’s keeping just out of sight”.
From Ashton-under-Lyne in Lancashire, Harry was 18 years old, and Sidney was 16 years old..