Sydney was serving near Ypres at the time of his death. A letter in the Mercury Read:
It is with great sorrow that I write these few lines to you to tell you that poor Sid has been shot through the lungs with a piece of shell. They got him into bed and he lived a little while. It is very sad, such a fine fellow.
28 JULY 1915 – Page 4:
'Sergeant S. Stoddard Killed in Action
A Native of Barnard Castle'
Son of Edward and Margaret Stoddart of 8. Galgate.
Prior to the war, Sydney had worked on the railway.
Teesdale Mercury 19.07.1916 - Page 5: Column 6
In Memoriam: Sergeant Sydney Stoddart, killed 20.05.1915 at Ypres. (However, the Commonwealth War Graves gives the date of his death as 20.7.1915 and the Teedale Mercury article reporting that Sid's parents had received a letter reporting his death was published on 28 July.)