Born on 13 May 1896, Richard Sydney was the son of Richard and Frances Nicholson, both born in Eggleston. Richard was one of 9 children, 7 of whom were still living at the time of the 1911 Census. The 1901 Census shows a daughter, Mabel E (13), a son, Joseph (11), Frances Maud (8) and Richard Sydney (4) present in the family home. The 1911 Census show a daughter, Frances Maud (18), Richard Sydney (14) and son, John William (9), present. The family were living in Ridley, Bardon Mill, Northumberland at the time of both Censuses. There is no record of when Richard Sydney moved to Bendholme (Bent Holme), Egglestone.
5' 5". 126 lbs.
According to his military records on Ancestry, Richard Sydney enlisted in Barnard Castle on 11 December 1915 at the age of 19 years and 6 months. He was mobilised on 27.1.1916. He committed the offence of overstaying his leave from 23.5.1916 to 25.5.1916, for which he was docked three days' pay. His records are partially obscured and difficult to decipher but he appears to have been posted as a Driver to the Adjutant, No 1 Depot 6 (R) Battery, R.F.A. On 3.6.1916 he may have become driver to the Lt. Major Commanding No. 6 Battery, "B" Reserve Brigade, R.F.A and on 20.6.1916 he may have become Driver to the Major commanding 56th (R) Battery R.F.A. It is possible he served in Salonica.
According to the Index of Wills available on Ancestry, Richard Sydney died on 23 February 1979 (although a family member thinks he may have died in March) at the age of 82, by which time he was living at Burn Croft, Eggleston. His estate was valued for probate at £7,137.