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17 Jul 1892
Nottingham
He was the son of William and Mary Fukes of 34 Crown Street Blue Bell Hill Nottingham. He was the husband of Alice Lilian Fukes of 3 Alpine Terrace Hunt Street Gordon Road Nottingham and the father of William and Alice Fukes.
He was a French polisher.
20 Jul 1916
24
750388 - CWGC Website
23461
Private
15th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Fukes was killed during an attack on a German stronghold between Maltz Horn Farm and Arrow Head Copse on the Somme. Advancing under heavy shell fire at 5am the battalion took the German position before retiring under more heavy shelling. The Foresters' casualties were 49 killed, 146 killed and 36 missing. Source: 'Small in stature, big in heart: How my family's "Bantam" paid the ultimate price' by Anthony Fukes (William's grandson) 'Nottingham Post' 19/8/2014 p.21 He has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
In memoriam published 20th July 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “FUKES. – In loving memory of Private W. Fukes, Sherwood Foresters, killed in action July 20th, 1916, of 34, Crown-street, Blue Bell-hill, aged 24. Days of sadness still come o'er us, tears of sorrow often flow, memory keeps out loved ones near us, whom God claimed one year ago. – Wife and children, dad, mother, sister Hilda.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Courtesy of Anthony Fukes grandson of William Henry Fukes -
  • William Fukes is left on front row.
    Courtesy of Anthony Fukes grandson of William Henry Fukes - William Fukes is left on front row.