Other names: Wilfred Critchell
Locations in this story: Ebbesbourne Wake, WiltshireFrance & FlandersHolbury, Southampton, HampshireChelmsford, Essex
Story: Wilfred Critchell Thick was born on 15 Mar 1899 at Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire, the son of Edwin George Thick and Agnes Ellen Thick (nee Critchell). He lived his early life in Ebbesbourne Wake where his father was proprietor of the Old Stores. He enlisted on 27 Apr 1917 and joined the Royal North Devon Hussars (Service No. 225795) but transferred shortly after to the Lincolnshire Regiment as a Cyclist with Service Nos. 52588 & 56669. He was an Acting Corporal and served in France & Flanders. He was discharged on 18 May 1920 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Agnes Harriet Cox in 1926 in Southampton, Hampshire, and they went on to have two children. By the 1939 Register he was living at 64 Longstamps Road, Chelmsford, Essex and was a Chartered Quantity Surveyor as well as an ARP Warden. He eventually died in Holbury, Southampton, Hampshire on 22 Dec 1992 age 93 years.