Hugh Kidman was the son of George Edward and Clara Kidman, and was one of 4 children. He was born in 1889 in East Adderbury, near Banbury, where his parents were farmers.
By 1901, the family had taken over a farm in Waterstock, near Wheatley, and Hugh was sent to Lord Williams’s Grammar School in Thame. On leaving school, Hugh took up farming, working for his parents.
In 1912 he enlisted with the local territorial’s, the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars. The regiment was mobilised at the start of the Great War, and they embarked for France on the 19th September 1914, going on to be the first territorial unit to see action. As cavalry they spent much of the early wars years up until the spring of 1917 in defensive positions.
In March 1918, the Germans launched their spring offensive on the Somme, and the QOOH were heavily involved in the fighting near Saint-Quentin. On the 23rd March Sergeant Hugh Kidman was posted missing, and it was subsequently revealed that he had been wounded and taken to a German hospital where he died on the 30th March 1918, 29 years of age. He was buried in the Maubeuge-Centre Cemetery.
In Thame, Sergeant Hugh Kidman is remembered on the Lord Williams’s Grammar School memorial board.