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PIKE, A / Albert

Conflict Commemorated:WWI

Last Name:PIKE

First Name:A / Albert

Age At Death:21

Birthplace:Bracebridge Heath

Residence:Heighington

Rank:Lance Corporal

Service Number:2543

Regiment/ Service:Lincolnshire Regiment

Unit:First Bn. / 4th Bn.

Date of Death:07/05/1915

Cause of Death:Died of wounds

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD Nord

Country:France

Panel/ Bay/ Grave:2.A.131.

UK Memorials:Washingborough St John

Next of Kin:Son of Thomas Pike, of Brookside, Heighington, Lincs.

Biographical Notes:May 6th 1894, Albert son of Thomas [Gardener] and Harriet Pike of Bracebridge was baptised Lincolnshire Baptisms, Bracebridge P.C.p51. Admitted to Rosemary Lane Wesleyan Day School, Lincoln, from Bracebridge Heath School 26 June 1906, born 14 February 1894, residing 24, Eastbourne St, last attended 7 June 1907. Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 Son of Thomas (Labourer) and Harriet Pike of 38, Tealby Street, Lincoln, Turner, aged 17, born Bracebridge Heath. 1911 Census SHOT IN THE HEAD - Heighington Territorial Reported Killed - Although it has not been officially confirmed, it is feared that Lance-Corpl. Albert Pike, of the 4th Battalion, Lincs. Regiment. (Tettitorials), the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs T. Pike. of Heighington, near Lincoln., has been killed in action at the front. On Monday, the Vicar of the parish (the Rev. W. Burland), received a sympathetic letter, dated May 8th, from C. A. Bailey, chaplain, No 2. Casuality Clearing Station, stating that Lce.-Corpl. Pike died just as he was admitted to the Clearing Station, being shot in the head; and that he would be buried the following day in a cemetery there, with military honours. The sad news was received at Heighington with great regret, for Lce. Corpl. Pke, who was only 21 years of age, was known and loved by all. Of a genial and happy disposition, he made friends wherever he went, and his loss is mourned by all who knew him. Prior to the war he was employed at Messrs. Robey and Co.'s foundry at Lincoln - where he was exceedingly popular with his comrades - but on commencement of hostilities he gave up his work and joined the colours, being one of the first from Heighington to throw in his lot with the County Regiment. He soon got into "stride", and proved himself a soldier in the true sense of the word. When the Battalion left for the front in February, he was in the ranks, but his abilities soon gained him promotion, being raised to the position of Lance Corporal. The intimation of his death came as a great shock to his parents, relatives and Heighington friends. He is the second villager to give his life on the battlefield. Lce.Corpl. Pike had the interests of the village deeply at heart, and was ever ready to give what assistance he could in the furthering of any good object. He was a member of the Wesleyan Church, and was also in the choir. As a mark of the esteem and respect in which he was held , the Union Jack floated at half-mast on the village staff on Tuesday. As a token of respect, the Heighington Silver Band, of which the deceased was a member, will hold a memorial concert on Whit-Sunday, May 23rd Lincolnshire Chronicle, 13 May 1915 pg 8

Researcher:C J Anderson

Notes:Commemorated Heighington St Thomas / Lincoln St Catherines Wesleyan / Lincolnshire Regiment Roll of Honour WW1 / Washingborough St John

Sources Used:Lincolnshire Baptisms, Bracebridge P.C.p51. Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914, 1911 Census. Lincolnshire Chronicle, 15 May 1915, page 8.

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