Remembered with honour Ribecourt British Cemetery: Special Memorial Row B, Grave 29.
He enlisted in Watford; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 30 July 1915, and was killed in action in the front line near Ribecourt-la-Tour. Unfortunately, William’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for William in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 16 March 1918; plus an In Memorium in the issue dated 8 March 1919.
Son of William and Sarah Ann (nee GLENISTER) DILKS of Watford.
His parents married 9 April 1883 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey, Herts. Sarah died 1923 in Watford aged 65, and was buried 16 February in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; William died 1936 in Watford aged 86, and was buried 2 November, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
William was born 1 June 1890 in Bushey, Herts, and baptised 12 September 1890 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey. He resided in Watford.
On the 1891 Census, aged 9 months he lived in Oxhey, with his parents and three siblings. On the 1901 Census, aged 10 he still lived in Oxhey, with his parents and five siblings. On the 1911 Census, a labourer aged 20, he still lived in Oxhey, with his parents and two siblings.
Date of death01*/03/1918
Age at death27
Place of death
NotesWilliam is also commemorated on his sister Emily ROLPH's grave in Vicarage Road Cemetery. His brother-in-law Walter ROLPH died 16 September 1916 and also features on this Roll of Honour
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