Wilks, P W
PERCY WALTER WILKS
Remembered with honour Grangegorman Military Cemetery: Wes Officers 22.
He was commissioned to the R.A.S.C. 28 July 1917; was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and drowned when the troopship R.M.S. Leinster was torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea by UB-123.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Percy in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 19 October 1918; plus an In Memoriam in the issue dated 11 October 1919.
Son of Ezra Tompkins and Emma (nee NASH) WILKS; husband of Edith Catherine (nee FRANCIS) WILKS.
His parents married 5 January 1875 at St Peter’s, Berkhamsted, Herts. Ezra died 5 April 1921 in Watford aged 68, and was buried 9 April in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Emma died 2 September 1939 in Oxhey, Herts, aged 87, and was buried 5 September, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Percy was born 1877 in Dalston, London, and married 1905 in the Bromley, Kent, district; they had three children. Edith also drowned in the sinking.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1881 Census, aged 4 he lived in Dalston, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1891 Census, a pupil aged 14, he lived in Cambridge. On the 1901 Census, a clerk to a colliery agent aged 24, he lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1911 Census, a coal merchant aged 34, he lived in Barnet, Herts, with his wife and two children.
Date of death10/10/1918
Age at death41
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)