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Rothley Parish Council

Serving the people of Rothley

Clerk: Gail Newcombe
Parish Office, Mountsorrel
Lane, Rothley, Leicester
LE7 7PR

Tel: 0116 237 4544

BULL S.F.

BULL S.F.

Photograph by kind permission of Mandy DeBoni, Australia

Private 6040 Sidney Feltham Bull

19th Battalion Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) Formerly Private 1142 5th Infantry Brigade

Died of wounds on the 9th October 1917 aged 28.

Son of Edwin Feltham and Annie Elizabeth Bull, brother to Gladys Ethel, Irene Ashby and Stanley William Bull. Husband of Margaret Isabella Bull.

Private Bull is buried in Mount Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave 1V.0.B

After leaving Wyggeston Grammar School he worked as a clerk for Leicester Corporation. Private Bull emigrated to Australia in 1912 on the "Pakeha"and joined the Australian Army on the 7th March 1915 and was sent to Gallipoli where he contracted dysentery. He was sent to hospital in Egypt and returned to Australia unfit for service. He re-enlisted on the 30th May 1916 and returned to England before going to the Western Front. He was wounded in action on the 15th April 1917 and, after regaining his fitness, returned to action on the 21st June 1917. He was wounded on the 20th September 1917 when a gunshot wound penetrated his back which, together with a compound fracture to his arm, caused his death on the 9th October 1917.

Named on the War Memorial, Parish Church Roll of Honour, Parish Church Triptych Roll of Honour and on a plaque in the Methodist Church, Howe Lane, Rothley. Commemorated on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.

Letter to his father enclosing the effects of Private Bull dated 8th February 1918

On the 5th June 1924 Private Bull's father returned the medals as they belonged to 3494 Private J J Wilson

A letter sent from the War Authority in Australia dated 13th June advising that the wrong package was sent out and could it be returned/

POSTCARD SENT FROM SIDNEY BULL TO IRENE A. BULL (SISTER)^

2 September 1915

Dear Jummie

Your welcome home letters rec'd. They are nice to get here. Can't reply as short letters are the order as time is scarce. We've been in the trenches and now are on force short spell. So far I'm untouched but some of our boys are outed.

Fondest to all

Your aff. Brother

"Sid"

(The postcard had been censored. Sidney had put his whereabouts at the top of the card. This had been scribbled out and replaced with the words "Somewhere in Gallipoli"

^ Later married to Edwin Marshall Hyman. (My grandparents).

The grave of Sydney Feltham Bull in the Mont Huon Military Cemetery

Plaque in the front porch Rothley Methodist Church. 2009

Obituary to his father, Edwin Feltham Bull

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

To mark the Centenary of the Great War every one of the 62,000 names on the Australian War Memorial in Canberra will be projected for 30 seconds between sunset and sunrise and Sydney Feltham Bull's Name will appear as follows:

  • Wed 12 April, 2017 at 5:28 am
  • Sat 27 May, 2017 at 10:23 pm
  • Sat 8 July, 2017 at 10:07 pm
  • Tue 22 August, 2017 at 5:34 am
  • Thu 12 October, 2017 at 11:51 pm
  • Thu 14 December, 2017 at 4:35 am
  • Sat 17 February, 2018 at 1:46 am

The dates and times are updated on the Australian War Memorial website

MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM