Whitminster Gloucestershire

John Vick who died in Alexandria whilst serving his country July 26th 1915 aged 31

Serjeant John Vick was serving in the 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars in World War One. He had been appointed the Gloucester Troop Sergeant. One of the old Gloucestershire Yeoman; well-liked; respected. Jack Vick, as he was referred was 31 years old when he died in Alexandria’s Ras-El-Tin military hospital.

John Vick was an Old Wycliffe College boy in the 1890s. When he enlisted, he was a partner in Messrs Badham and Co, Southgate Street, Gloucester which specialised in ironmongery and made agricultural implements.

Jack was the son of the late Dan Vick of Quedgeley, who was a farmer. He left a wife Florence; and on his death, comrades wrote of his character: bright, popular, cheery.

He died from illness suffered in the field and is buried at Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt not far from the Mediterranean Sea or as one of his colleagues wrote … ‘resting beneath the perpetual blueness of an eastern sky.’

Born in Whitminster, Gloucestershire – it seems appropriate then that someone saw fit to place his name on a gravestone. It is a serene church here, quiet and timeless. A place to while away the hours.

His name is written on the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry war memorial on College Green in Gloucester. As well as here in Whitminster Churchyard, down near the canal.

A year later after his death, his former comrades sent back a photograph of his grave in Alexandria. It read:

In memory of John Vick, Sergeant in the 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. Died in Alexandria, July 26th 1915, whilst serving his country, aged 31. This cross was erected by his officers and comrades.