Other names: William Edward
Locations in this story: Sixpenny Handley, DorsetFordingbridge, HampshireIwerne Minster, DorsetFrance & FlandersLatchfield, HampshireChristchurch, Hampshire
Story: William Edward Pike was born at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 16 Aug 1875 and baptised there on 24 Oct 1875 the son of Edward Pike and Ann Pike (nee Foot). He spent his early life in Deanland, Sixpenny Handley. He married Eleanor Elizabeth Witt at Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on 31 Jul 1901 and they set up home at Iwerne Minster, Dorset, from where they went on to have four children. William enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was mobilized on 15 Jun 1916 joining the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 4099). Within days he had been transferred to the Devonshire Regiment (Service No. 40664). On the 20 Sep 1916 he was again transferred to the 155th Labour Company of the Labour Corps. He served in France & Flanders and was eventually discharged on 10 Apr 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. Around the time of his discharge he made a claim for the effects of Rheumatism, which was partly caused by service conditions, for which he received a 20% pension. By the 1939 Register he was living at Latchfield, Hampshire, working as a Woodman and Hurdle Maker. His death is recorded at Christchurch, Hampshire, in 1960.