John Wickens

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Date published: 22/01/2014
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John Wickens

 

 

John Wickens was born at Kingsclere Woodlands, Hampshire, on 3rd June 1854; he was the sixth child of Stephen and Harriet Wickens (nee Mace).  He grew up in Kingsclere Woodlands and Burghclere, where he followed his elder brother Mark into the police force.  While living in Burghclere John met his future wife Elizabeth Garrard. They were married on 22nd October 1879 in Burghclere Church.

In the 1881 census John and Elizabeth are stationed in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, their house was in Oxford Road.  This was where their first child Ruth was born in March 1881.  John left the police force for health reasons and the family had returned to Burghclere by February 1883.  After leaving the police force John was employed as a railway platelayer.  The family remained in Burghclere until after 1894 where the next six of their eight children were born, William 1883, Walter 1886, George 1887, John 1889, Frederick 1891 and Annie 1894.  They then moved to Newbury, living at 4 Adeys Buildings, York Road, where their last child Elsie was born in 1898.

John died on 13th June 1899 from heart disease and dropsy just 10 days after his 45th birthday; he was buried in Newtown Road Cemetery on 17th June.

Three of his children emigrated: John with his brother Frederick sailed to Canada in April 1914; John settled there but Frederick returned home in January 1915.Elsie May their youngest married an Australian serviceman who came over during the Firstt World War. They sailed to Australia in August 1919. Ruth, the eldest child also emigrated to Australia with her son Ernest in February 1922.

 

  

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