I RECENTLY travelled to the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, the scene of one of the most notorious battles of the First World War. During my visit I found the grave of one Hucknall man who is buried in one of the many emaculately maintained cemeteries there.
Andrew Vickers (pictured) died of wounds whilst serving with the Army Service Corps on August 29 1915. Today he is buried in Beach Cemetery at Anzac Cove, where most of the Australians and New Zealanders who served at Gallipoli fought. His death was reported in the Dispatch on September 23 1915. The piece read:
‘The second photograph is of Private Andrew Vickers, who has died from wounds received in the Dardanelles, according to the War Office report, on August 29th. He was formerly employed as a clerk on the Midland Railway, until he had a period of illness. As he was recovering towards the end of last year he joined the Army Service Corps about the middle of January. Each time he came on furlough the opinion was formed that the life was bringing about a complete restoration to health. However, on being drafted to Egypt [where he landed on 29th June 1915], the letters he sent home, accompanied with a photograph, indicated that the climate was far from suitable for him. About six weeks ago he was sent to the Dardanelles, where his life history was ended, as has been the case with thousands of others of our countrymen.
‘Andrew Vickers will be particularly remembered by the cricket fraternity of the district. He was a most successful wicket-keeper for Rhodes Brothers Club, and has taken part in a few matches for Notts. Colts. He was 25 years of age.’
He was the son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Vickers, who lived on Portland Road. I am sending this photograph of his grave in the hope that some family members still live in the area. I would be happy to pass on a copy if they would like to get in touch.