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A Splendid Soldier, 14 February 1916

A Splendid Soldier, 14 February 1916

James Dyke, a Sergeant with the 8th South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 12139), was reported killed in the Express & Star on 14 February 1916. He had enlisted in August 1914 and had been wounded on 4 January 1916 and died the following day. He apparently left a widow and two children, who lived at 54 Hatton Street, Bradley, near Bilston.

His entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives his date of death as the 4 January, stating that he was 25 when he died and was the husband of Mrs. Dyke, of 11, Ash St., Daisy Bank, Bradley, near Bilston, Staffs. There is a James Dyke born in Wolverhampton in 1890, and another born in Dudley in 1891, so either of these could be possible. Without a first name for his wife, I have only been able to narrow it down to two possible marriages, in 1909 and in 1911, but I have not been able to find any record of children from these marriages.

I have also found a possible James Dyke living with his parents James and Louisa in Dudley in both the 1891 and 1901 censuses, given as having been born around the right period in Bilston. There is a J. Dyke listed on Dudley Town Memorial, so it is possible that he was originally from Bilston, moved with his family to Dudley and then to Bradley with his wife. However, I cannot find him on the 1911 census, when he would possibly be with his wife, so I have hit a bit of a brick wall. Any further suggestions would be gratefully received!

He is commemorated at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium