William Ernest Nickson was the son of William and Annie Nickson, Cross Keys Inn, Lane End. From the 1911 census we see William and Annie had 10 children born, 9 then alive. The family in 1911 were: William Lewis Nickson 45 publican and farmer b Buckley; Annie 39, Robert Lewis 16, Nellie 15, William Ernest 13 born Buckley, Ruby Maud 11, Hector Redvers 10, Pattie 8, Thomas Sandford 5, George Walley 3, John Richard 2, and Robert Ernest brother to head 44.
William Ernest’s death was posted in the Liverpool Daily Post, October 25th 1918
Gunner W.E. Nickson, R.F.A., Cross Keys Hotel, Buckley, who was recently reported wounded, is now officially posted as having died of wounds on October 4. He was 21 years of age.