Post Office - Lt Silcox
The Post Office was in the same building during World War One as it is in now. The photo shows postmen outside the Post Office with their horses, carts and delivery sacks.
Second Lieutenant Baylis Silcox was the son of the Wells Postmaster. He served in the 7th Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and fought in Gallipoli and Salonica. He was killed in action near Jerusalem on December 29th 1917, aged 23.
Three postmen of the Wells Post Office also gave their lives during the war. They are named on the Post Office’s Roll of Honour. Air Mechanic William Frederick Prosser served with the Royal Air Force and died of pneumonia in June 1918, aged 41. PrivateJohn Wotton served in France with the Dorsetshire Regiment and died of wounds in April 1918, aged 31. Private John Coombes served in the 1/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. He left for France two weeks after getting married in August 1916, and was killed in action only three months later, aged 34.
Images courtesy of Wells Post Office (postmen) and Wells Delivery Office (Roll of Honour)
Extracted from "Lest we forget... The men on the Wells War Memorial who died in the Great War" by Sue Curragh and Pete Trueman - available for purchase
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