J/7529 Able Seaman William Frank Hemmings

Royal Navy

William Frank Hemmings was born on 21st June 1894 in Corsham. His parents were Henry and Selina (née Miles) and, with their daughters Florence and Emmeline, they lived in Priory Road (Priory Street). Henry was a stone miner

William joined the Royal Navy on 28th February 1910 as a boy sailor, and his service record shows that he was an Indoor Servant.

In his 10 years of Naval service, he served on a number of ships including HMS Impregnable, HMS Revenge, HMS Queen Mary and HMS Monarch, HMS Victory and other Naval establishments. He saw action at the battles of Heligoland Bight, Dogger Bank & Jutland and also saw service in Russia.

William was invalided out of the Royal Navy in September 1919. He died at home on 7th March 1920. He was 25 years old.

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