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Horace Arthur was born in 1890 in Nottingham and was the son of Annie Wykes née Milner and the late John Collishaw Wykes a cab driver. they lived at 23 Parliament Terrace, Nottingham. His father John Collishaw Wykes was born in 1864 in Nottingham and his mother Annie Milner was born in 1867 in Cawthorn near Barnsley. They were married in Nottingham in 1884 and went on to have 10 children, sadly one died in infancy, their surviving children were all born in Nottingham and were:- Harold b1885, Blanche b1888, Horace Arthur b1890, Lawrence William b1893, Leonard ASHTON B 1895, Gordon Valentine b1898, Daisy Maud b1900, Clarence William b1901 and Gordon Frances b1902. His father John Collishaw Wykes died in Nottingham in 1909 he was 44 yrs of age. In the 1911 census the family are shown living at 23 Parliament Terrace, Nottingham and are shown as Annie Wykes 43 yrs a widow , head of the family and a charwoman she is living with her children Horace Arthur 21 yrs a labourer, Lawrence William 17 yrs a labourer, Leonard Ashton 15 yrs a van boy, Gordon Valentine an errand boy, Daisy Maud 11 yrs , Clarence William 10 yrs and George Francis all schoolboys. Horace Arthur was married to Susan Truelove in 1912, in Nottingham.
He was employed as a labourer in 1911.
01 Jul 1916
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8th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Private Horace Arthur Wykes enlisted at Nottingham, he served with the 8th battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action on 1st July 1916, the first day of the 'Battle of the Somme' he has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, Somme, France.
Two of his brothers also served and died in the 'Great War' Lawrence was killed 18/6/1917 with 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters and Gordon Valentine was killed 18/3/1918 with RMLI.
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