The Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Hour . . .

Veterans’ Day – originally called Armistice Day to mark the end of hostilities during World War I. Today is the one-hundredth anniversary of that day, so full of joy – for the Allies – but only the beginning of a twenty year interlude before the final settling of scores in the Second World War. 

Today, I remember an ancestor of mine who served in both conflicts – my great uncle Bill Wickham. In World War I, he served in France with the Engineer Corps. In the second, he stayed stateside and perhaps stayed on after the war. He died at Fort Lewis, Washington in 1947. [1]

 

William Wickham - WWI

William Wickham was brother to my grandmother, from whom I received the photo shown above. [2] In her diaries, Grandma mentions “Billy” often – during their school days in Norwalk, Ohio, and later when they both homesteaded clams in Wyoming during the 1920s. He died long before her, in 1947, and she was executor of his estate. In her papers I found her correspondence relating to that sad event – papers I will soon send off to his grandson. Although Grandma often told me stories of her long life, she never mentioned her brother to me. I wish she had.

So here is to you, Uncle Bill. Thank you for your service. I am sorry I never got to know you.  

 

Footnotes:

[1] “Hold Services for Maj Wickham,” Sandusky Register Star News, Sandusky, Ohio, 20 Feb 1947.

[2[ Papers Harriott Wickham Barton, in possession of the author.

 

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8 Responses

  1. Thanks to your uncle Bill for his service in two world wars – we owe him and his comrades. Good for you for finding him.

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  2. What an amazing picture 🙂 Thanks for sharing your Uncle Bill’s story with us!

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  3. Thank you for your comment, Shelia. I am glad I found out about him.

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  4. Thanks for your comment and kind words.

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  5. Impressive to have a relative who served in both wars. I can’t think of a relation of mine with that distinction.
    I wish you a happy new year, and hope to do a better job of keeping up with your posts this year.
    Thanks for visiting Under Western Skies, as always.

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  6. Such a poignant tribute…thank you for sharing it with us…

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  7. I am late to this posting. Yes here is a thank you for your Uncle’s service and a prayer that he now is at peace.

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  8. I read this posting again. I hope you meet Biil’s grandson. Sometimes descendants harken back to earlier generations in their looks or talents, for example. Perhaps this might be the cade woth Bill’s grandson.

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