Sappers Gretton, Bickley and Lockett: Cheslyn and Wyrley’s Darkest Day

Posted: October 13, 2015 in Soldiers, War Memorials, WWI

The baby-face William Gretton, likely 17 when the photo was taken. (Walsall Local History Centre)

The baby-face William Gretton, likely 17 when the photo was taken. (Walsall Local History Centre)


13 October 1915 should be a date locally – to borrow a phrase – that will live in infamy. So now, a century on, I feel it is time to tell the brief story of three of our local lads all of whom joined the 2nd North Midland Field Company (Royal Engineers) and would go on to die on the same day and at the same place. Two of these men, Walter Bickley and John Lockett, are commemorated on the Cheslyn Hay war memorial, while the third, William Gretton, appears on the Great Wyrley memorial gates… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/cheslyn-hay/cheslyn-hays-fallen-wwi/sappers-gretton-bickley-and-lockett-cheslyn-and-wyrleys-darkest-day/

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  1. Mick Bullock. says:

    True Wyrley Bonk names.

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