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Name: William DYKES
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: W Service No.: 21976
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Clifton, Cumberland. Age at Death: 0
Unit: 6th Bn Border Regiment.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Carlisle, Cumberland.
Place of Residence: West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 6 Thorpe Cottages, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Thursday 7th June 1917
Place of Death: Messines, Belgium.
Battle/Campaign: Battle of Messines, 7th 14th June 1917.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Social Club, Roll of Honour, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. Memorial reference Panel 35.
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Notes : By 1901 William seems to have been boarding with a Joseph Graham at Dale Street, Crawcrook. He was a member of Ryton Social Club, Cross House, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. An interview took place on Saturday 7th February 2007 with Sarah Ann Hart (nee Marshall) aged 105. Sarah was born into a mining family at Emma Colliery Rows. She met and married her husband who had served with the Northumberland Fusiliers during World War 1. Sarah recalls seeing her uncle, William Dykes, returning from the pit after a hard days work and she remembers the tin baths the men bathed in, in front of a coal fire. She recalls the men leaving the village of Crawcrook and passing Emma Colliery going off to war in horses and traps. The soldiers were so happy and sang a long way to Tipperary whilst marching past the crowds of flag waving villagers. Sarah also recalls the sombre return of the soldiers at the end of the war. Her uncle, Willie Dykes, from Emmaville, and her cousin John William Marshall, from Crawcrook, were two of the men who failed to return, both were killed in action.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Information from family members.
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