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 www.ancestry.co.uk.