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William Ernest Lycett was born in Wolverhampton in 1899, the son of Edward and Winifred Lycett. In 1901, they were living at 7ct Faulkland Street, together with William’s sisters Elsie and Emma.

William enlisted with the Royal Navy (number J/43431) and served on the HMS Cullist. Unfortunately, on 11 February 1918, this ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Some of the men onboard were taken prisoner, but out of 70 crew members, 43 were killed in action. One of these was William Lycett. As his body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Further details on this man and on the HMS Cullist can be found on various forums:

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