Two generations, two wars, two deaths

OTs who served in the 1st World War

Sidney Maskell Dicker (boarder?)

Sidney was born in Brixton, in October 1886, and he and his sister May were brought up by his mother Louisa Dicker, and uncle Charles Maskell.  Sidney was at LWGS around 1900 but is not listed as a boarder in 1901.  He married Dora Edith Jane Read, a Canadian from Halifax, Nova Scotia, at Lambeth Registry Office on 30thOctober 1909. She was well qualified as B.Sc., M.R.S.T., F.R.H.S.  In 1911 they were living at 3 Ballater Road, Acre Lane, Brixton, and Sidney was a general store dispatch clerk. They went to live in 22 Grenfell Road, Mitcham, and they had two children Sidney Charles Maskell Dicker (b. 1910) and Muriel Ethel Dicker (b.1914).

Only 5ft. 2ins tall, he enlisted into the 18th(Service) battalion (Arts and Crafts), King’s Royal Rifle Corps, on 10thAugust 1915. The battalion, under the orders of 122ndBrigade of the 41st Division, embarked for France on the 2nd May 1916, landing at Le Havre. By the end of the month they were in trenches in the Ploegsteert Wood area of Flanders, part of the Ypres Salient. The battalion entrained for the Somme at the end of August. On the 15thSeptember, at 6.15 a.m. they moved out of the trenches to attack the village of Flers, part of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which in itself was part of the Somme offensive. They suffered very heavy casualties and lost over 250 men during the first day of the battle. Rifleman Dicker was amongst them, age 29, and was buried in Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers.

His wife and children moved to Thame shortly after his death, living at 46 Chinnor Road for a number of years. His son Sidney Charles Maskell Dicker was also at LWGS, went on to become a teacher and before the War was living in Deal, Kent. He enlisted as a captain in the Wiltshire Regiment, was killed in Normandy in 1944 and was buried at the cemetery in Saint-Manvieu-Norrey, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie. He left his effects to his sister Muriel. She died in 1984, unmarried. 

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