Other names: William Charles
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersDuisans British Cemetery, Etrun, FranceMotcombe, Dorset
Story: William Charles Pike was born on 18th March 1898 in Motcombe, Dorset, and baptised there on 15th May, 1898. He was the son of William George Pike, a cattleman on a farm, and Fanny Pike (née Stacey). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a Scholar and living at The Firs, Motcombe, Dorset. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the 6th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service Nos. 18976 and 18833). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 20th April 1917 and was buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun in France (grave id. IV.A.4). He is remembered on the Motcombe War Memorial, Dorset.