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Private Sydney Eric Pike (1894 – 1916)


 
Grave Number 788

Sydney was born in 1894, the youngest of the four sons of David and Mary Jane Pike. His father was a greengrocer and the family lived at 230 High Street. The greengrocer’s shop was located on the corner of the High Street and Lower Kings Road; until very recently there has been a greengrocers on the site – it was known as ‘Pike’s Corner’ for years.

On leaving school, Sydney became a printer’s compositor in North Wales. He signed his attestation papers on 5th November 1915 and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Wrexham on 11th November 1915. He arrived in France on 28th April 1916 and transferred to the 2nd Battalion just as they were preparing for the Battle of the Somme. His battalion formed part of the 33rd Division who saw action in the Battle of Albert from 1st to 13th July, the Battle of Bazentin from 14th to 17th of July and then the attack on High Wood from 20th July. Sydney received a gun shot wound to his right leg on 20th July and was transferred back to England on 26th July. He was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester where they tried for 40 days to save his life. The wound to his right knee had turned septic and they amputated above the knee on 31st August.

Private Sydney Pike died on 5th September 1916, at 8.15 p.m, the cause of death was ‘Shrapnel wound of right knee producing Septicaemia.’ His relatives were present at his death. He was aged 22 and had been in the Army for three hundred and six days of which eight-four days were spent in France. (788)


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