Dykins, Herbert Edward

Herbert Edward Dykins was born in Holywell, Flintshire during February 1890 and was baptised on 6 March 1890 at Holywell Parish Church.

The 1911 census states that the family lived at Railway Terrace, Station Road, Greenfield.    The head of the family was Mary Dykins aged 52, her husband William Absalom Dykins, a Sailor had died some years previously.  She had three sons; Herbert Edward Dykins aged 21 who was employed at the Welsh Flannel Mill, Greenfield Road, Holywell as a Silk Spinner.  Alfred Joseph Littler Dykins aged 19 who was employed as a Farm Labourer.  William Abel Partington Dykins aged 11 and one daughter Freda Clarisse Dykins aged 15.

On 4 August 1917 a payment of £6.3s.11d was made by the War Office to Mary Dykins, this being monies owed to her son Herbert.  On 20 November 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £6.10s.od was also made to her.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour card for Herbert Edward Dykins at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.    Details of his medals were obtained from the British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index which can be viewed on

April 2014. We were delighted to receive information from family member Chris Brammer who confirmed much of the information above and pointed out that Herbert and another soldier on the Greenfield Memorial, Percival Vickers were in fact related to each other. The extended family lost 4 young men in the conflict.
Missing soldier? Chris Brammer points out that Edward Lewis Dykins, (one of the 4) who was born in Holywell the son of Henry and Louisa Dykins,  husband of Elizabeth  and the father of two children was not named on a War Memorial. He served with the South Lancashire Regiment, Number 241863 and he died of his wounds on the 27th October 1918. He was buried at Terlincthun Cemetery, Wimille.
The 4th member of the family to lose his life in the war was James Henry Dykins, a Manchester man

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