Albert Wilks



Fennels Wood (picture from SWOP website)

Albert Wilks


PRIVATE 7542 1ST BATTALION ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGIMENT
DIED OF WOUNDS ON FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 1914 AGED 32YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR IN YPRES TOWN CEMETERY EXTENSION, IEPER, WEST-VLAANDEREN, BELGIUM. (11.A.14)

Albert Wilks was the son of Frederick & Emily nee Summerfield. He was born in Flackwell Heath around 1882. On the 1891 Census Albert is 8yrs old and is listed with his siblings, Frederick aged 11yrs, Elizabeth aged 10yrs, Sarah aged 6yrs, and baby Daniel aged 3months.
His father Frederick is a labourer and the family are living at Heath End.
Albert enlisted at Maidenhead and was resident at Flackwell Heath at this time.
Albert was a regular soldier and was with the Ist Battalion in Aldershot at the start of the War. The Battalion left for France on 12/13th August 1914 and were in Rouen. They soon found themselves caught up in the Great Retreat to the Marne. Unfortunately they were among many units which were disorganised and casualties were heavy. Many Berkshire men were taken prisoner too. It was at this confusing time that Albert died.
Albert is also remembered on the Little Marlow War Memorial.





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