320330 Private Sydney Alfred Archer

Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry

Sydney Archer was born in Corsham in 1871. His birth was registered in Chippenham and his parents were Alfred and Maria, who were living in Chapel Knapp Cottages in Gastard. His father was a freestone quarryman. By 1881, when Sydney was ten years old, they were living at Byde Mill near Thingley and Alfred was working as a farm labourer. The family included Brothers Henry, Daniel and Oliver and sister’s Rose and Annie.

Sydney joined the Wiltshire Regiment in 1890 and saw service in South Africa during the Boer War. He married Martha Hayward in 1898, and by 1901 they were living in Easton in Corsham with their son Alfred. Sydney was working as a quarryman.

By 1911, the family, which now also included a daughter, Blanche, had moved to Wales, and Sydney was working as a coal miner hewer Sydney would have been 43 years old when he enlisted in Chippenham at the outbreak of the Great War. At this time his wife and children were back in Corsham, living on the High Street. Sydney served with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry and died on 15th October 1918 in Richmond Barracks in Dublin. His body was returned home and he is buried in Corsham Cemetery.

Corsham (St Batholomew) Church Burial Ground War Graves

This burial ground is the resting place for 22 servicemen who gave their lives on the First & Second World Wars. A number were men who had lived in the town or had family connections to the area. Others were serving in local units or were receiving treatment in Corsham’s military hospital when they died. Find out more about them using the QR code located at each individual grave. These commemorations will be maintained in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). 

CWGC Map Corsham

World War One

1. Pte Robert Brown ASC

2. Pte Hamilton T Kerr A&SH

3. Pte William HJ Robbins RDC

4. Pte William Evans RDC

5. Dvr Egbert Slade ASC

6. 3rd AM Harold Flower RFC

7. AB William F Hemmings RN

8. Pte Herbert A Rumming RASC 

9. Pte George F Merrett RASC 

10. Sgt William Farmer Innis Fus

11. Pte Sidney A Archer

World War Two

12. Spr Charles J Bond RE

13. Pte John Jones P Corps

14. Pte Harry Sivyer RAMC

15. Pte Thomas H Gill P Corps

16. Pte Wilfred NK Huskinson RAOC

17. Tpr William McCaldron RAC

18. Sgt John WM Bailey MM RA

19. Pte William G Elms P Corps

20. Pte William H Thompson Som LI

21. Gnr Eric Burford RA

22. Capt William H Jackson RE