Walter WICKS

From Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Rifleman Walter Ernest Wicks { S/3364 } 9th Battalion Rifle Brigade who died on 3rd May 1917 Age 29.
{ Conflicting dates – 1915 on Essex Memorial Inscriptions Transcription, but military records state 1917 }
Remembered on the Arras Memorial.

Connection with Great Easton – wife lived in Great Easton ? There is a ‘Mrs. Wicks’ on the list of subscribers for the memorial; plus, although his sign-up papers say ‘No’ to the ‘Married’ question, it is circled, and ‘Yes’ has been pencilled in. Marriage records (First Quarter, 1915) show that Walter E WICKS married Lily BASS in Wycombe, Bucks.

Lily BASS – 1901 Census – aged 12 (b.1889); daughter of George and Katie [ Kattie ] Bass, at Radley’s End, Great Easton, Essex, and sister of Sidney Bass (also on War Memorial, who died on 16 October 1917).

From 1911 Census:

Walter Ernest Wicks – a gardener – son of Robert Henry Wicks, living at Rookshaw Cottage, Merstham, Surrey. Age last birthday 23 (born 1888, place of birth: St Lukes, London).
Lily Bass – a House Parlourmaid – living at Hillside, Whitehill, Bletchingley, Surrey (about four miles from Merstham).

From 1901 Census:

Walter Ernest Wicks – no trace on census returns for 1901.
Lily Bass, aged 12, living in Great Easton (sister of Sidney Bass, also commemorated on Great Easton War Memorial).


Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-19

Service number: S/3364
Birth place: St Luke’s, Middx.
Enlistment place: Westminster, Middlesex
Residence: City Road, London
Cause of death: Killed in action
Death day, month, year: 3rd May 1917
Death place & theatre of war:
Regiment: Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own)

From ‘List of Subscribers’ (to Great Easton War Memorial):

Bass, Mrs. and family
Wicks, Mrs.

Click here for CWG certificate for Walter Wicks