WICKS, George

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Clinton, Ontario
Original Unit
Regimental Number
Date of Death
Age at Death
23 years 9 months
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:        1st Canadian Infantry Division
                                             1st Infantry Brigade
                                             1st Battalion - Western Ontario
                                             Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO:                   654230
RESIDENCE:                    Kippen – Ontario 
DATE OF BIRTH:            August 6, 1894
                                             London - England
DATE OF DEATH:           May 30, 1918                       23 years     9 months
CEMETERY:                    Aire Communal Cemetery – Aire –
                                             Pas de Calais – France
                                             II     K     36
GUARDIAN:         Mr. Edmund Morrison – Kippen – Ontario.
Occupation:                        Farmer                                  Religion:     Presbyterian
Enlistment:                         Clinton – January 8, 1916 – 161st Huron Battalion
Enlistment Age:                 21 years      5 months

Private Wicks and the 161st Battalion travelled to Halifax, boarded the S.S. Lapland, set sail from Canada and arrived in Liverpool on November 11, 1916.
On March 23, 1918, Private Wicks was absorbed into the 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion at Witley Camp – Surrey and then short days later he was posted to the 1st Battalion bases at Bramshott – Hampshire. He arrived overseas in France at Canadian Base Depot on March 29th. On April 3, 1918 he joined his unit in the field.
On May 23rd he was Struck off Strength from the 1st Battalion due to illness He had contacted lobar pneumonia days earlier and he was taken to No. 54 British Casualty Clearing Station – Aire and was diagnosed as being dangerously ill. 
Private Wicks died from lobar pneumonia on May 30, 1918 just nine days after becoming ill.