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.