Keigwin, Sydney

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Sydney Keigwin

266067, Lance Corporal, 7th Royal Sussex Regiment
Died of wounds, 17 August 1918, aged 28
Buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France

CWGC registered (Son of George and Alice Keigwin, of The Rock, Llandudno; husband of Florence M Keigwin, of 384, Great Clowes St, Higher Broughton, Manchester)


Sydney Keigwin, the son of George Keigwin, a sergeant instructor in the 4th Company (Conway and Llandudno) of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and his wife Alice Elizabeth (née Grice) was born at Llandudno on 28 May 1890. His baptismal record (28 September 1890) records the family living at 4 Pleasant Street, Craig-y-Don, Llandudno. The Census for 1891 records that Sydney (10 months) had a sister Mary Maude (9) and a brother George Jones (5). From 1898, Sydney attended Lloyd Street School, Llandudno. The 1901 Census records the family living at 6 Belle Vue Terrace, Llandudno – Sydney (10) was now the eldest of four children living at home. It would appear that the family moved to Conwy for in April 1903, Sydney attended Conway National School, his address being recorded as 4 Church Street, Conway. He left school in October 1904 to become an errand boy. By 1911, Sydney’s parents had returned to Llandudno but Sydney (20) was working as a clothier’s salesman in Chorlton upon Medlock, Manchester. In 1915, Sydney married Florence Mary Roughley.

Sydney Keigwin’s army record no longer exists. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was a lance corporal, number 266067, in the 7th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. However, the number 266067 replaced an earlier number in 1917 during the renumbering of the Territorial Force and this particular number was issued in a tranche allocated to the 6th (Cyclist) Battalion. How and when Sydney joined the 6th Battalion is unknown as is the date when he was posted to the 7th (Service) Battalion which had been in France since June 1915.

On 17 August 1918, Sydney Keigwin died aged 28 of wounds received in action. He was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen – Rouen being the location of numerous hospitals. The place, time and circumstances of Sydney’s wounding is unknown.

Florence Keigwin did not remarry and she died at Salford in 1927.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • St. John’s Church, Higher Broughton
  • St. Tudno’s Churchyard, Great Orme’s Head

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