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Sydney Frank Ludwig

Son of Frank and Maria Elizabeth Ludwig nee Brons

Born 6th December 1892 at 13 Chamber Street, Whitechapel, London

Joined the City of London Police 29th January 1914

Grey eyes, dark brown hair, fresh complexion, 6ft 1 inches in height

Warrant Number 7906

Collar Number D308

Served at Cloak Lane Police Station

Left the City of London Police on 4th May 1915


Private, 1st Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Joined the Royal Garrison Artillery before transferring to The Buffs on 3rd June 1915

Service Number 6909

Killed in action 9th August 1915 aged 22 years

No known grave

Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

and the City of London Police WWI Memorial, Wood Street Police Station

Extracts from documents held on the City of London Police Personal File for Sydney Ludwig (held at the London Metropolitan Archives):

“With reference to the application of Sidney (sic) Ludwig for employment in the City of London Police Force, I respectfully report that the above man is my nephew and I have always found him to be honest, truthful, sober and trustworthy, and I have no hesitation in recommending him for the position”. 23rd January 1913, Herbert Brons, APS 50c

Memorandum dated 5th May 1915 from Sydney Ludwig:

“I respectfully apply to the Commissioner for permission to leave the force on the 6th instant, for the purpose of joining the Royal Garrison Artillery under the provisions of the Police Constables Naval and Military Service Act 1914. I attended the Central Recruiting Office, Whitehall this day and was rejected for the Royal Field Artillery on the ground of being too tall. Special arrangements were then made for my acceptance in the Royal Garrison Artillery”.

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