Sydney C Ayres
DescriptionSidney Charles Ayers was born in Wokingham, the eldest child of Charles Osmund and Sarah Elizabeth Ayers of 20 Barkham Road. They also had 3 younger sons. In 1911 Sidney was 15 and was working as a carpenter’s apprentice and part-time student. His father was a builder’s foreman.
He enlisted into the Corps of Royal Engineers as a Sapper (equivalent to a private soldier). After serving in France, he went with the 88th Field Company to Gallipoli in August 1915.
On the 23rd August 1915, following the battle at Scimitar Hill, the 88th Field Company was sent to North Beach to construct piers for the evacuation of wounded. On 30th September, the company was transferred from Anzac Cove to Sulva and worked on various engineering tasks including water supply and construction of huts for winter quarters. This work continued until January 1916 when the company was evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt.
Sidney died on 13th November 1915, two months before the campaign ended. He is buried at Green Hill cemetery, Gallipoli
“Sydney C Ayres,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed January 18, 2020, https://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum/document/WTH0397.