DRIVER 10793 ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
DIED 20 FEBRUARY 1919 AGE 25YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR HIGH WYCOMBE CEMETERY
GRAVE REF: 160
Vincent George Wilkes was born in 1894 in Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire. His parents were George Henry & Eliza Emily nee Why. In 1901 the family are living in Flackwell Heath with Eliza’s widowed father John Why. Vincent’s siblings listed are William, Albert, Edward, Henry, Ernest, Bertha and Sydney. Ernest also died in WW1 and is remembered on the War Memorial at Flackwell Heath.
In 1911 the family were living in Flackwell Heath and the parents record having had 11 children, 8 still living at this time. They were to lose two sons in WW1.
Vincent first enlisted on 8th December 1914 and was living at Orchard View, Flackwell Heath.
He was 20yrs and 6mths old and was 5’ 5” tall. He enlisted into the 8th Battalion Hampshire Regiment service no 2064. He was discharged on 23rd April 1915 after 137 days. His medical record shows he suffered epileptic fits as a result of a bicycle accident. At some time he served with the Royal Field Artillery service no 10793, probably before his transfer to the
Labour Corps, service no 440097.
His transfer may have been due to his epilepsy. We know he was away at War in 1918 as his name appears on the Bucks Absent Voters List for that year. Vincent died at home from problems associated with the War.