Sydney Cawsey, a merchant seaman of World War One (The Great War). Killed on service in March 1917.
Sydney Cawsey worked as a cook on a merchant navy vessel during World War One. The wooden schooner, the S.V. Reward, was used to transport troops and coal from Falmouth in Devon to Guernsey.
In March 1917 Sydney was killed when his boat came under heavy fire from UC-72, a German submarine. Sydney received the British War Medal and the Mercantile Marine War Medal posthumously for his contribution. At just 13-years-old, Syndey Cawsey is one of the youngest recipients of these awards.
There has been some confusion as to his actual age with some reports putting him at 15-years-old whilst the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list him as 14-years-old. However, Syndey had an older brother by the same name who died in infancy which is believed to be the cause of this confusion. He died, with his father, John Cawsey, who was the Reward's skipper.
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