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Major Karl Otto Siedle, MC was a South African officer of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born on 26 June 1889, in Durban, Natal, the son of English-born Otto and Amelia Mary Siedle (née Watson), of South Africa. He and his brother Jack played first-class cricket before the war, Karl representing Natal on a solitary occasion, in a match against Marylebone in December 1913.[1][2] His sister, Perla, was a noted soprano.

Siedle died on 30 May 1918, in Doullens on the Western Front, while serving with the 174th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was awarded a posthumous Military Cross "for cnspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in command of his battery during a withdrawal."[3]

He is buried in Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt.

NotesEdit

  1. Karl Siedle, cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  2. First-Class Matches Played by Karl Siedle, cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  3. London Gazette (30901), 13 September 1918, p. 162. Retrieved 7 October 2012.

ReferencesEdit

Siedle, Karl Otto, cwgc.org. Retrieved 7 October 2012.

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