Private Sydney Charles Elliott

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Sydney Elliott
Birth Registration Transcription
Sydney Elliott Baptism Certificate

Sydney Charles Elliot was born in the 4th quarter of 1885 in Dorking, Surrey, to groom Thomas William and Cordelia (nee Callan). He was baptised on 24th February 1886 at St Martin’s church in Dorking.

Sydney Elliott 1891 Census ©
Sydney Elliott 1891 Census ©

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 6 West Street, Epsom, Surrey. Thomas was still working as a groom and Cordelia was looking after their children: Alice, Edward, Albert, Esther, Sydney, Kate and Thomas.

Sydney’s mother Cordelia died in 1895 and was buried on 2nd August of 1895 at St Martin’s church in Epsom. Thomas re-married Sarah Cox on 14th September 1896 in Epsom.

Sydney Elliott 1901 Census ©
Sydney Elliott 1901 Census ©

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived in West Street, Epsom. Thomas was working as a cab proprietor master and Sarah was at home. The household further comprised of his children from the previous marriage, Sarah’s daughter, Beatrice. The family also accommodated two boarders: plasterer Charles Goodchild and electrical wireman Joseph B. Kelly.

Sydney attested on 3rd November 1902 in London into the 4th Battalion, the East Surrey Regiment. He was a Private with regimental number 3103. At the time of his attestation he lived in Epsom and was working as a labourer. Sydney was over 5ft tall and weight 107 lbs. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

Sydney married Edith Janet Armstrong in the 3rd quarter of 1906 in Epsom.

Edith was born in the 4th quarter of 1882 in Kew, Richmond to boatman William James and Emily Armstrong. Edith was baptised on 3rd December 1882 at St Anne’s church in Kew. At the time of the 1901 Census, Edith was a nurse at the Hanwell Lunatic Asylum.

Sydney and Janet had three children: Gladys Margaret Amelia born on 11th November 1906 in Epsom; Eileen Emily and Jack William, both born on 20th January 1914 in Wandsworth.

Sydney Elliott 1911 Census ©

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 95 Sellincourt Road, Tooting. Sydney was working as an assistant electrical wireman and Edith was looking after their daughter: Gladys. The household further comprised of a boarder, assistant electrical engineer, Arthur Benjamin Moore. The accommodation had four rooms.

Sydney re-enlisted in Fulham, London into the Royal Army Service Corps. He was a Private with regimental number M2/136378. At the time of his enlistment he resided in Forest Hill, London.

At the time of his death Sydney was part of the 611th Mechanical Transport Company of the Army Service Corps attached to the 136th Sect. Heavy Artillery.

He died of wounds on 18th May 1917 at the 19th Casualty Clearing Station, Duisans, France.

Sydney Elliott
Duisans British Cemetery Roll of Honour ©

Sydney was buried at the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. His grave reference number is: IV.L.55.

Sydney Elliott Medal Roll Index Card
Sydney Elliott British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll

He received the British War and Victory medals.

Sydney Elliott Soldiers Effects

Edith Elliott received £15, 13d and 8d on 21st February 1918 and a further £6 and 10s on 10th October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Edith re-married Charles Elvey Baker on 12th January 1918 in Cardiff. Charles was working as a wheelwright. The couple had a daughter Joyce born on 30th April 1919 in Forest Hill.

Elliott Family History

Thomas William Elliott ©

Sydney’s father Thomas William Elliott was born in the 2nd quarter of 1852 in Winterborne, Dorset to carter Stephen, born about 1819 in Wool, Dorset and Eliza, born about 1825 in Sutton, Dorset. Thomas William was baptised on 30th May 1852 in Winterborne Came.

Cordelia Callen ©

His mother Cordelia Callan was born in the 2nd quarter of 1850 in Hursley, Hampshire to agricultural labourer John, born about 1807 in Bishop Waltham, Hampshire and Heather, born about 1807 in Hampshire.

Thomas and Cordelia married in the 1st quarter of 1877 in Dover, Kent.

Sydney had eight siblings: Alice Marion Amelia born about 1878 in Mickleham, Surrey; Edward Ferguson Graham born about 1880; Thomas William born about 1890; Jesse Clarence born about 1893 and Arthur Robert born about 1895, all in Epsom, Surrey. Albert William born about 1882 and Kate born about 1888, both in Dorking and Esther born about 1884 in Leatherhead.

At the time of the 1881 Census, Cordelia resided at Highland Road, Leatherhead. The household further comprised of her children: Alice and Edward.

Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Epsom, Surrey
Son of Thomas William and Cordelia Elliott (nee Callan)
Husband of Edith Janet Armstrong
Father of Gladys Margaret Amelia, Eileen Emily and Jack William
Enlisted Fulham, London
Regiment 611th Mechanical Transport Company. Royal Army Service Corps
Number M2/136378
Date of Death 18th May 1917
Place of Death Casualty Clearing Station, Duisans, France
Cause of Death Died of wounds
Age 31
Cemetery Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France
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