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Sidney was the 11th child of Mark and Rosanna Mattholie's 14 children. He was baptised on 22nd October 1886 at Diss parish church with his brothers Harry and Leslie.
He was a regular soldier and served in South African War, during which he was wounded twice. He held both the Queen's and the King's Medal for South Africa with three bars. By 1911 he had settled in Bromley, living with his brother Leslie with whom he ran Sundridge and Bromley Window Cleaning. It was while living with Leslie that he met his future wife Nellie who lived next door at 12 Nightingale Road. They married in 1913.
At the outbreak of war he joined the Royal West Kents and was sent out to India where he transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry. He remained in India for over five years, returning in 1920. He was discharged on 5th February 1921. While in India he contracted Malaria which ultimately led to his death.
Nellie's brother Ernest Simmons also died.
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