Born: 18th January 1900, Ipswich. William wrote the 18th January 1898 on his attestation papers.

Died: 6th November 1917; age 17; KiA.

Residence: Alton, Ontario – a small community south of Orangeville.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ravina Barracks, West Toronto; Date: 6th September 1916; Religion: Presbyterian; Age 18 years & 8 months; Occupation: Farmer; Next of Kin: Mother, Mrs Tricker, Bramford Lane, Ipswich, England. Height: 5ft 5ins, fair complexion, hazel eyes & light brown hair.

Unlike other Home Children who list their employers as their Next of Kin, William lists his mother at her home in Ipswich.

Embarked – from Halifax on board the S.S.’Scandinavian’ – Arrival in England – 18th April 1917 – attached to the 12th Reserve Battalion – 29th April 1917.


Rank: Private: Service Number: 1024315

Regiment: Canadian Infantry, 1st Central Ontario Regiment, 3rd Battalion.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 18-24-26-30.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs S. E. Tricker, of 2, Coe’s Cottages, Bramford Lane, Ipswich & the late Edgar William Tricker.




1901   Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich.


William was a year old and living with his parents & sister.

Edgar William Tricker, 23, a Quay Labourer, born Ipswich.

Sarah Elizabeth Tricker (nee Kates), 21, born Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Alice Elizabeth Kates, 2, born Ipswich.


1911   St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich.


William was 11 years old, an Inmate at the Workhouse School.

His sister Alice, 12, was also an Inmate.


2, Coes Cottages, Bramford Lane, Ipswich.


William & Alice’s mother Sarah, 30, & their sister Violet Elizabeth Tricker, 9, born Ipswich were living at the home of Sarah’s employer, Arthur Hammond, a bricklayer, and a widower with 5 children. Sarah was the Housekeeper.

Living at 3, Coes Cottages, Bramford Lane was William & Alice’s 5 year old brother Stanley Charles Tricker. He was living with their maternal aunt & uncle, Lewis George & Alice Green.

St John’s Children’s Home

A separate home for pauper children was first proposed by Ipswich Union in around 1870. This was an unusual step for non-metropolitan unions at this time, and may have been the result of space shortage at the Great Whip Street workhouse. Plans were produced in 1871 and 1873 for a long building with a central block flanked by separate wings containing boys’ and girls’ accommodation. The building, eventually erected at Bloomfield Street in 1879, accommodated 80 boys and 50 girls. The boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service. A small infirmary was later added.


In July 1914, 15 year old William was 1 of the 105 Barnado boys & young men on board the S.S.’Corsican’ leaving from Liverpool their destination was the Barnados home at Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


William was sent from the Barnado’s House in January 1915, to be a Farmer’s Helper for Mr Daniel McFaul, Alton, Ontario.

Extracted from Canadian website click on red writing below :

April 18, 1917. On arrival in England they were taken in by the 12th Reserve Battalion April 29, 1917. Without having this man’s service record, I don’t have details of his service until November 6, 1917. On that infamous date he participated with the 3rd Battalion in their attack on Vine Cottage guarding the Goudbery Spur, a location that consisted of a number of concrete German pillboxes with concentrated machine gun fire. Here a Victoria Cross was awarded to Corporal Colin Barron for his attacks during the attack. The 3rd Battalion suffered a total of 240 casualties during this attack of which 87 were either killed or missing, one of the latter being our young William Tricker, who is thought to possibility be one of several unarmed 3rd Battalion soldiers interred in New British Passchendale Military Cemetery, within a couple of hundred yards from Vine Cottage Farm. I believe he is lying next to ex Toronto policeman Sydney Churchward, also from the 234rd Battalion and the familiar soldier with three gold teeth. Private William Tricker’s name is perpetuated on the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ypres. Age 17.

Editor: The policeman possibly would have known William before the war and as any sergeant would have taken William under his wing because of his age. I have read several accounts of this action and there is a high chance one of them was wounded and so the other went to there rescue. possible out of duty but most likely out of friendship as the sergeant would of been a father figure, which William had not.


      1st Central Ontario Regiment, 3rd Battalion     

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