Our People - William Tickle
Image courtesy of Jim Rawcliffe
A memorial to William Tickle on the family gravestone, St.Mary's churchyard, Bamber Bridge
Image (C) Charles O'Donnell
633094 Private William Tickle
1/20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment - 141st Brigade, 47th (2nd London) Division
Formerly 18503, Border Regiment
Killed in action 1 October 1916
William's body was not recovered for burial, his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ref: Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C
Bamber Bridge - Brownedge St.Mary's R.C. War Memorial
Bamber Bridge - Gravestone memorial in St.Mary's churchyard
Lostock Hall - South Ribble Civic WW1 Memorial
1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
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William Tickle was born in 1892 to Richard and Elizabeth Ann Tickle (nee Ryding). Richard was an engine driver (stationary) in 1901. The couple had six children, Ellen Eccles Tickle b. 1879, Ralph Tickle b. 1884, Mary Howard Tickle b. 1888, William Tickle, Margaret b. 1894 and Alfred b. 1897. In 1901, the family lived at 226 Station Road.
We don't know exactly when William joined up, but it seems likely that he volunteered in late 1914, as he was in France 14 July 1915. Shortly before he left for France, he married his sweetheart, Selina Joan Varley.
William's battalion took part in the Battle of Le Transloy and he was killed in action on the first day of the battle during the action to capture Eaucourt l'Abbaye. The entry below in the war diary of the battalion shows how the attack was supported by tanks.
William's widow Selina received a war gratuity of £8 on 25 November 1919.
William's brother Alfred also attempted to enlist, however, he was found to medically unfit for service due to his eyesight.
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Published 1 October 2016
UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / Commonwealth War Graves Commission / Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 via Ancestry.co.uk / 1901 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / Original work by Jim Rawcliffe, Bamber Bridge