The Story of William Pike – a Life Cut Short by Influenza



The Story of William Pike – a Life Cut Short by Influenza


William John Pike. Stoker 2nd Class, Royal Navy.


1. Enlistment document for William John Pike. 1 image.
2. Tombstone of William John Pike in the Chagford (St. Michael) Churchyard. 1 image.
3. Dead man's penny for William John Pike. Dead man's penny was a term used for plaques that were issued after the war to the next of kin of those from Britain or the Empire who were killed in the war or who died from the consequences of their service in the war. 1 image.


William John Pike was a great uncle. He was born on 28/07/1900 at Chagford, Devon, England to William John and Emma Pike. In civilian life he was a motor driver. He enlisted on 7 August 1918 and was at H. M. S. “Vivid II”, a shore based training unit for stokers at Devonport. His number was K52961. He died on 22 September 1918 from influenza. He is buried in Chagford (St Michael) Churchyard. The Inscription on the headstone reads: “ W. J. PIKE, STOKER 2ND CLASS, H. M. S. VIVID, 22ND SEPTEMBER 1918”.




Chagford, Devon, England. Devonport.


The contributor wishes to remain anonymous.

Collection Day

27/02/2019, Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen.

This item was submitted on April 10, 2019