Vickers, Percival

Percival Vickers was born in Greenfield, Flintshire during June 1894 and baptised on 8 July 1894 at Holywell Parish Church.  The family at that time lived at London House, Bagillt Road, Holywell.

The 1911 Census states that the family now live at Victoria Cottage, Greenfield, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Arthur Llewelyn Vickers, aged 46 who was employed as a Rubber Washer in the local Rubber Works.  His wife Jane Vickers aged 42 and their seven (7) children, Joseph Vickers aged 18 years, Percival Vickers aged 17 years and John Vickers aged 16 years who were all employed as Rubber Washers.  The other four children, Elizabeth Vickers aged 14, George Vickers aged 13, Cecil Vickers aged 11 and Charlotte Vickers aged 6 were at school.

Percival’s grandparents Joseph and Ellen Vickers resided at The Swan Inn, Station Road, Greenfield during 1891, where Joseph was the Inn Keeper.

County Herald – Friday 10 May 1918 – Greenfield Soldier Killed in Action.   Mr Arthur Vickers, 3 Abbey View, Greenfield has received official notification that his son, Private Percival Vickers has been killed in action.  The deceased soldier who would have attained his 24th Birthday on the 11th of next month was at one time employed by Messrs. Parry and Morris, Holywell, but prior to joining the colours was employed at a local works. Mr & Mrs Vickers have four other sons who are serving with the Forces and general sympathy is extended to them in their sad loss which they have now sustained.  

On 26 August 1918 a payment of £11.3s.5d was made by the War Office to Arthur Vickers, this being monies owed to his son Percival.  On 29 November 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £4.0s.0d was also made to him.

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

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for Percival Vickers at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.

April 2014 an e mail from family member Chris Brammer confirms much of the above information and points out that Percival was a member of the same family as Herbert Edward Dykins also named on the Greenfield Memorial. This extended family lost 4 young men in the conflict.

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