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Date of Death
8 Mar 1917
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William Ernest Tricker was born in July 1893 in Luton.
At 8 years old in 1901 he has been adopted by Rosa Tricker & is living with her & her daughter Florence aged 6 at 26 Pondwicks Road. Rosa is working as a straw hat machinist from home.
In 1911 William is now living with his 15 year old brother Ernest an apprentice engineer & 78 year old widowed grandmother Louisa Tricker at 110 Dallow Road. The head of this family is Herbert John Kent. Herbert is 53 & a steward at the Conservative Club & had married William's aunt Matilda. They have 2 daughters, Edith 27 a forelady in the straw trade & Kenna 22 a dressmaker. They all live together in this 6 roomed house.
On 16th January 1914 William joined the 2nd East Anglian Field Company, Royal Engineers. He was a fitter at the Davis Gas Stove Company at the time & living at 112 Dallow Road with his Aunt.
The regiment provided home defence duties & training throughout the war, so William didn't go abroad, serving 2 years on the home front. On 7th May 1916 William was discharged from the army as no longer physically fit.
William died on 8th March 1917 & is buried in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road.