BORN SWINTON, NOTTS 1888. SON OF HENRY VICKERS (1850-1914) AND HARRIET RADFORD (1849-1921), OF DAME AGNES STREET, NOTTINGHAM. HIS MOTHER LIVED AT 130 SEVERN STREET, HULL. HE ENLISTED NOTTINGHAM. HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER, HAVING SERVED WITH THE 1ST BATTALION KING’S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY FOR 12 YEARS ABROAD, INCLUDING CHINA AND HONG KONG. HE TRANSFERRED AS CORPORAL, 9538, 8TH KING’S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY. HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT LOOS, ON 04/10/1915, AGED 27. HIS DEATH AND ADDRESS, WERE ALSO REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL ON 26TH OCTOBER 1916, WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH.*
HIS ARMY EFFECTS WERE LEFT TO HIS MOTHER, HARRIET.
HIS BROTHERS , PTE, WALTER J VICKERS, LOYAL NORTH LANCS, HAD BEEN A PRISONER OF WAR SINCE OCTOBER 1914; PTE, HARRY VICKERS, EYR, WAS WOUNDED TWICE; (PHOTO IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON 26/10/1916); HIS BROTHER IN LAW, PTE, B. CAVELL, MANCHESTER REGIMENT, WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED AND IN AN ESSEX HOSPITAL.
Thank you to Terry Vickers for the following information sent on 20/05/2021 – Hello Paul, Whilst researching my grandfather and his brother and their involvement in WW1, I came across your site and there appears to be a mix-up over my great uncle William Vickers who was a corporal in the K.O.Y.L.I. service number, 9538 and was killed on the 4th.Oct.1915. You have him down as coming from Hull which is incorrect as he was born and raised in Nottingham. He did have a brother Henry who served in the Royal Engineers (my grandfather) and his mother was Harriet Vickers of Dame Agnes Street, Nottingham. I have one of his medals so can confirm these details as his name and number are on it. I hope this information is helpful…Terry