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Sydney, Gerald


Age: 34, credited to Canaan, VT
Unit(s): 15th VT INF
Service: enl as William Dillon, 9/15/62, m/i 10/22/62, Pvt, Co. E, 15th VT INF, m/o 8/5/63

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Birth: 1828, Ireland
Death: 08/06/1888

Burial: Veterans Home Cemetery, Bennington, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 95666770


Alias?: Dillon, William
Pension?: Not Found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: VT
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died at Bennington Soldiers' Home, buried there as William Dillon


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Veterans Home Cemetery, Bennington, VT

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Comrade Gerald Sidney died in a fit of apoplexy while at the dinner table, at the Soldiers' Home, Monday noon, August 13. This is the fifth death. He enlisted at Island Pond, in Co. K, 15th Vermont regiment, under the name of William Dillon. It is evident he had left the British service to do so as the reason for the change of name. He was an excellent penman and was detailed as regimental clerk by his colonel, ex-Governor Proctor of Rutland. He made application to be admitted to the Soldiers' Home last winter reporting himself in Chicago as broken in health and an object of charity. Before his application had been considered, his case was made known to comrades and friends in that city, who paid his fare to Bennington and who told him that he would be taken care of when he arrived, which was February 17, 1888. Notice of his death was sent to Chicago, and the reply was to bury here, and further particulars would be written. His funeral was held on Wednesday morning in front of the Soldiers' Home, the Rev. W. B. Walker of St. Peter's church performing the impressive service. A quartette consisting of Messrs H. I. Norton, E. A. Booth, Mrs. Merrill and Miss Hutchins furnished the singing, which was much appreciated by the old veterans as well as by all present. Ho was burled in the Soldiers' Home cemetery, the second grave within two weeks, Bugler Chapleau of the United States steamer Atlanta blew the bugle call, lights out, at the grave, and roll call previous to the service.

Source: Burlington Weekly Free Press, August 24, 1888
Transcribed by Tom Ledoux