Haslington Parish Council has a policy of naming the streets on the New housing developments in the village after men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their King and country and who are thereby commemorated on our War Memorials.
William Dykes served in the Royal Welch Fusiliers as a Sergeant. He is recorded as being Killed in Action in France on 8th April 1918. His name is read out every Remembrance Sunday both at the local War memorial and again later in St Matthew’s Church.
The street that has been named after him, William Dykes Close, lies off Crewe Road and is accessed via The Dingle Haslington.
A street naming ceremony has been organised by Mr Found, William’s great-nephew, to take place on Saturday 14th April 2018, 100 years after William fell.
Councillor George Wood, who officiates at our annual act of Remembrance in Haslington, will be leading the prayers. Members of the Haslington branch of the Royal British Legion will be present along with representatives of William’s regiment, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, with standard bearers and last post ceremony.
The order is as follows:
11.30 am – Alan Found opening remarks – the story of William Dykes /Thanks
11.45 am – Prayers
11.55am – The Welch Fusiliers – Last Post / Standards etc.
12.10 – Laying of Wreath/s (to be transferred to the memorial after the ceremony)
12.15 – Cutting the ribbon and naming the street. Marie Edwards (Oldest living relative of William – 90) and Tomos William Found (Youngest member of family carrying William’s name – 21 years old) and thanks.