Memorial: Downend - Christ Church
Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Rank and number: Private S/43710
Parents: Jesse and Sarah Ann (Nee Fry) Wicks
Marital status: Married
Home address: Home Address: 9 Seymour Road, Staple Hill, Bristol Lived: 1911 Census – 12 Bath Street, Staple Hill, Bristol
Pre-war occupation: Baker
Date of birth: 1881
Place of birth: Fyfield, Berkshire
Date of death: 24/10/1918
Buried/Commemorated at: Thiant Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
William was born in 1881 (3rd Quarter) in Fyfield, Berkshire. He married Sarah Ann Godwin on 13/04/1903 at Christ Church Downend. William and Sarah Ann had 4 children – Millicent Pearl born 1904 and Leslie Alfred born 1909, William Bernard born 1912 and Muriel E born 1915, but died the same year. Some time in the early 1920's, Sarah Ann's older sister Emily and her husband Alfred Summerhill became guardians of the surviving children. The fate of Sarah Ann is unknown.
William served with the 1st/6th Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) and was Killed in Action on 24/10/1918. He had earlier served in the Army Service Corps (Service No. S/255396) and the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment (Service No. 51535).
William is commemorated on the Christ Church Downend Memorial and the Staple Hill (Page Park) Memorial.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Findmypast (Soldiers Died during the Great War, 1901 & 1911 Census etc), Researcher John Davis.