Project Description

FRED WIGHTMAN PIKE 1885–1953


Photograph from family collection

Born 3rd July 1885 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 26th July 1885  St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married 24 August 1910 to Harriett Kirkham at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent. Three children, two daughters, Kathleen Mary born 13 July 1911 and Frida Joan born 29 May 1913 and still alive in 2022 and son Samuel Edward Pike born 28 January 1920 killed 1942 in WW2 (on Radcliffe on Trent memorial).

Died 25 November 1953 and is buried in the cemetery at Radcliffe on Trent

Brother of Charles, John (Jack) and Tom Pike.

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Started school 11.6.1888

1891 Census

Age six, living on Cropwell Road, with father Henry thirty-one, mother Sophia thirty-three and brothers Charles, eight, and Jack, two.

1901 Census

Age 16 a carpenter’s apprentice living on Albert Street, Radcliffe on Trent, with father Henry and mother Sophia, brothers Charles (killed in war), John (known as Jack), and Tom. Grandfather Sam and grandmother Harriett live next door.

1911 Census

Age 26 living on Albert Road (Albert Street) with wife Harriett, working as a joiner with family contracting business.

Military Service

Service number: 225344

Military Unit Royal Naval Air Service, then RAF from April 1918

9.1.17:  Entered Royal Naval Air Service as air mechanic

Height 5ft 6ins chest 37½ins, hair dark brown, eyes brown, complexion fresh

Trade classification:  Rigger (Aero)

30.1.17: HMS President II Crystal Palace

26.2.17 from President 11 to RNAS Chingford Aerodrome, from Feb to May 1917

3.5.17: Transferred from Chingford  to Eastbourne.  Address 48 Fairlight Road, Eastbourne.

When he was at Eastbourne, he was living with his wife and two daughters. One daughter is still alive (2018) and remembers their “digs”. It is likely that he worked at the Eastbourne Aviation Company (EAC), which was a RNAS training centre for pilots and a seaplane factory. The EAC was situated between Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay.

1.4.18: Transferred to Royal Air Force, acting air mechanic I(c) remaining at Eastbourne.

9.1.19: From Eastbourne to demobilisation at Clipstone Camp, Notts.

7.2.19: Transferred to R.A.F. Reserve

30.4.20: Discharged

Medals Awarded: ineligible for campaign medals because he served in the U.K.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Albert Road (Street), Radcliffe on Trent

Other Information

When he returned from WWI, he built his house and several others in Radcliffe on Trent. He named his home and the road, Brielen, after the village in Belgium where his brother Charles was buried.

Father’s company in Wright’s directories

From the 1922 electoral register

Address: Albert Street, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: wife Harriett

From the 1939 Register

Address: Brielen, Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Managing director, joinery manufacturer

Household: Living with wife Harriet and daughter Kathleen Salkeld, occupation shop assistant, shoe fitter and book-keeper.

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born, lived and worked in Radcliffe on Trent.