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Regiment: 5th Cheshire then Army Cyclist Corps – Welsh Division, Cyclist Company

Rank: Private

Number: 165

Died: 23 August 1915

Aged: 20

Buried/ Memorial: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Address: 63 Clare Avenue, Hoole

Chester Chronicle 18 September 1915


Another Hoole soldier has laid down his life for his country in the person of Pte. William Dickinson, Clare Avenue, Hoole. Deceased who was 23 [sic] years of age, joined the 5th Cheshires shortly after the outbreak of war, and three months ago was drafted to Gallipoli. The parents [Mr & Mrs W. S. Dickinson] received official notification of his death in action at Gallipoli on Friday last. Deceased, before enlisting, was employed at Messrs. T. G. Burrell’s, Foregate Street, where he had served his apprenticeship. He afterwards worked as an improver there. He was well liked and esteemed by all who knew him and was an excellent worker. Much sympathy is extended to the family in their bereavement.

The 1911 Census shows William as a fifteen-year-old clothier’s apprentice living with his family, father Walter, mother Ann, brothers Frederick, Harry and Robert and sister Lucy at 78 William Street Hoole.