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He was the son of Annie and the late John Collishaw Wykes and the brother of Harold, Blanche (m.1909), Horace, Lawrence, Leonard Ashton, Daisy Maud, Clarence and George Francis Wykes (one other sibling died in infancy). Lawrence was killed 18/6/1917 with 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters and (Horace) Arthur was killed 1/7/1916 with 8th Bn KOYLI.
He was employed as an errand boy in 1911.
19 Mar 1918
3040489 - CWGC Website
Royal Marine Light Infantry
He served on HMS Montagua - January 1917 to May 1918, 10th CS Northern Patrol. Mined and damaged on Sierra Leone convoys in collision with USS Manley.The ship's log of HMS Motagua of the 19th March 1918, lists 1 Officer and 17 men missing, 2 Officers and 17 men identified killed and 1 unidentified killed. In addition there were 30 on the sick list. HMS Motagua made it to Plymouth assisted by a tug. The Commonwealth War Graves list 2 Officers and 27 men (Navy, Merchant Navy and Royal Marines) died on the 19th or within a month of that date from HMS Motagua. Those killed on the 19th were buried at sea. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 23 March 1918: 'Wykes. Lost at sea March 19th, Private G Wykes RMLI, 30 St Alban's Street, age 20. Also I(?) Wykes Sherwood Foresters, June 18th 1917. Also A Wykes KOYLI, July 1st 1916. Mother sisters, brothers.'
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