Lister Durell Wickham (Ch. 1908-13)


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Second Lieutenant, Lincolnshire Regiment
Born: February 25th 1895
Died: July 3rd 1916

Age at Death: 21

Killed in action, nr. Fricourt France, July 3rd 1916

Son of Dobree C. Wickham, Assistant Master of Brighton College. Brother to John Dobree Durrell Wickham (Ju./Sc. 1892-1903).

A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by Alan Seager (Ch. 1948-53).

Obituary, Brightonian XV December, 1916
Lister Durrell Wickham was at Mr. Frank Gresson's preparatory school, The Grange, Crowborough, and entered Chichester House, Brighton College, in 1908, leaving it in 1913. He was a Prefect, and in the First Football XI.  He was for a few months in the Borneo Company in the City, and joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., with which Corps he was training when war broke out. He immediately applied for and obtained a Commission in the 6th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment, and was shortly promoted full Lieutenant. In the following March he was made Captain, a fortnight after his 20th birthday, and on July 1st of the same year proceeded with his regiment to Gallipoli, when he was invalided home with acute dysentery. After a short sick leave he rejoined at Brocton Camp, and early in May, 1916, was sent to the West Front attached to the 7th Lincolns. He was killed on July 3rd, at he beginning of the Battle of the Somme, leading his Company into action against a strong German position near Fricourt, which they took. He was wounded as they were mustering for the attack, and twice in the charge, but went on unflinchingly, and was finally killed by a shell in the German trench. An officer writes:- "His example was extremely fine, and will never be forgotten by any of the men."


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