Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Private William Henry PICKERING. 8392
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Private William Henry PICKERING. 8392.
2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Fred and Florence Pickering, of 9, Jedburgh St., Middlesbrough, Yorks. Died 8 July 1916. Aged 27.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Richmond, Resided Middlesbrough.
Commemorated Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.
John Sly (<email@example.com>) has researched the career of Private Pickering in connection with Private Pickering's medals. John has written a short biography of Private Pickering, below;-
Army Medal Office rolls confirm the award of the 1914 Star and Bar, recording
his date of disembarkation as 5 October 1914.
He was born 19 May 1889 at 15 Allen Street, Middlesborough, the son of Frederick Pickering, a store keeper at shipyard, and his wife Florence (née Smith).
When he enlisted at Richmond 20 August 1906, he gave his birthplace as Middlesborough, his age as 17 years 3 months, and his trade as a labourer. He was 5 feet 2.5 inches tall, weighed 121 pounds, had a fresh complexion, hazel eyes and brown hair, and he was slightly flat-footed.
He had previously served with the 4th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
He was killed in action 8 July 1916, almost certainly in the 21st Brigade attack on Trones Wood. Commonwealth War Graves Commission data records that he was the son of Florence and Fred Pickering, of 9 Jedbergh Street, Middlesborough, and that he was twenty seven years old.
He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Soldiers Died In The Great War records that he was born in Middlesborough, and enlisted at Richmond, while living in
(Refs: WO 329/2440 p 111; WO 329/953 p 499
General Register Office
The Green Howards In The Great War [Wylly] pp 77-78)