Sidney Augustus Shrimpton was born in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, London on the 16th January 1890. His mother was Emily Shrimpton from Long Crendon, but his father is unknown.
He returned with his mother to Long Crendon where he was baptised in 1891. Although Emily later married, Sidney was brought up by his grandparents living in the High Street, Long Crendon.
In 1910 he was appointed as a postman in Thame, and in 1911 was boarding in Thame with Lawrence Webster, a town postman.
In early 1916 Sidney enlisted into the 30th (Reserve) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers at Oxford, service number 4700, before being posted to the western front with the 9th Battalion.
During the Battle of the Somme on 22nd July 1916 the battalion was at Mailly-Maillet, near Beaumont-Hamel. Private Shrimpton, at the age of 26, was one of several casualties sustained during the night due to shelling.
His name is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme, and on the Long Crendon war memorial.