Project Description

WILLIAM DYKES STRONG 1895–1973

RGA

Born 1st May 1895, Bingham, Notts.

Baptised 26th June 1895 at St Mary and All Saints, Bingham

Married Emily (possibly Emily Grange in 1924)

Died 23rd February 1973, Bingham, Notts. age 78

1901 Census

Living with parents, John, traction engine driver, mother Mary and sisters, Nellie and Annie, on Long Acre, Bingham

1911 Census

Living with parents John (agricultural machinist) and Mary Strong, Nottingham Road, Bingham. Sisters Mary, Annie, Elsie and Edith, twin brothers Albert and Charlie. He was employed as an apprentice joiner.

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 55177

Military Unit: 26 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 4.8.15. Total war service abroad 3 years 3 months

Enlisted:  26th Nov 14 at Nottingham

Age: 19 years and 6 months

Occupation: attendant at Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale), Radcliffe on Trent

Height 5ft 978ins, chest fully expanded 36ins (rate of expansion 3ins), weight 143 lbs. Very good physical development and pulse rate. 6.6 vision.

Next of kin: father John Strong of Nottingham Rd, Bingham (also given as his permanent address)

30.11.14: Joined at Newhaven

1.1.15: Posted 22 Company Royal Garrison Artillery

22.7.15: Posted 26 Siege Battery

4.8.15: Boulogne via Southampton

12.5.16: Leave to UK 9 days

6.10.16: Granted Class 1 Proficiency Pay 6d per day. Qualification Gun Layer

7.11.17: Leave to UK 14 days to 21.11.17

23.11.17: Reclassified for Class 1 Proficiency Pay 6d per day

18.9.18: To 3rd Army Rest camp for 14 days. War pay increased to 4d

13.11.18: Leave to UK via Boulogne 14 days

27.11.18: Re-joined BEF

20.1.19: To UK for demobilisation

15.2.19: Demobilised

Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory

From the 1939 Register

Address: 5 Addison Road, Carlton, Nottinghamshire

Occupation: State Registered Mental Charge Nurse (Mental hospital)

Household: living with wife Emily

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked at Notts. County Asylum in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent, local family connections.