Born: 1896, Ipswich.

Died: 1st January 1916; age 19; Died of Appendicitis at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Residence: 121, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Messrs. W. S. Cowells, Ltd., Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; date: 30th September 1914.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Severely wounded on the 26th April 1915 and returned to England.

Returned to the Front on the 31st July 1915.

Wounded on the 15th August 1915 and invalided back to England.

Rejoined his Regiment at Tring, Hertfordshire and was placed on light duties.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2298

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:IMG_6717

BA. I. 44.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified and Address: Son of William Charles and Emily Wicks, of 121, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.




1901   7, Charles Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 5 years old and living with his parents.

William Charles Wicks, 29, a Jewellers Porter; born Notting Hill, London, Middlesex.

Emily Wicks (nee Goldsmith), 30; born Bredfield, Suffolk.


1911   121, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 14 and a Hair Dresser Assistant. He was living with his parents.

William, 39, a Jewellers Porter.

Emily, 40.

Dorothy Marie Wicks, 6, born Ipswich.


On the 1st September 1897, Ipswich, Charles’ sister, Florence Emily Wicks died aged 14 days.


Soldiers’ Effects to William C. Wicks – father.


Evening Star – Friday, 7th January 1916 – FUNERAL OF A 4TH SUFFOLK AT IPSWICHThe funeral took place at Ipswich Cemetery on Thursday, 6th January 1916, of Private Charles A. J. Wicks. The deceased, who enlisted on the 30th September 1914, went out to France with the 1/4th Suffolks, from Colchester, in November 1914, and was severely wounded on the 26th April 1915. After recovering from his wounds, he was again drafted to the Front on the 31st July, being again wounded on the 15th August. Charles was invalided back to England, and on becoming convalescent was sent to rejoin his regiment at Tring, Herts, where he was placed on light duty till an operation was found necessary for appendicitis, which unfortunately proved fatal on the 1st January 1916. The body was removed to Ipswich by rail, accompanied by six bearers, in charge of C.-S.-M. Webber. The cortège started from the residence of the deceased soldier’s father in Cemetery Road. It consisted of a firing party of the 2/9th City of London Rifles, the gun-carriage and a team of six black horses in charge of Sergt. C. Bowman, 6th Battery, R.F.A., the coffin, covered with the Union Jack, on which rested the deceased’s bayonet, belt, and cap, and some lovely floral tributes, two mourning coaches, and a party of Suffolks, including C.-S.-M. Webber, Sergt. J. W. Scarlett, Sergt. A. E. Scarlett, Corpl. Bumstead, and Lance-Corpl. Mannall. On arrival at the Cemetery, a most impressive service was conducted, and at the conclusion three volleys were fired, and the buglers sounded the “Last Post.” Amongst those present at the graveside was Major Money, of the 4th Suffolks. There were a large number of floral tributes, including the following: – The officers and N.C.O.s of the 3/4th Suffolk Regiment; his comrades of the 1/4th Suffolk Regiment; the employees of Messrs. W. S. Cowell, Ltd.; his father, mother, and sister; Private G. W. Lambert; and many others. The coffin was of polished elm, with black fittings, the breastplate reading: “Private C. A. J. Wicks, died January 1st 1916, aged 19 years.” Messrs. Hastings and Son were responsible for the funeral arrangements, under the supervision of Mr. P. Hastings.


Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.


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