Herbert Landsdowne Ikin was the son of George Herbet Ikin, a cycle maker and agent, and Evelyn A Ikin. He was born in 1897 in the village of Tarvin in Cheshire. He appears on the 1901 Census at the age of 3, living with his family at Holme Street, Tarvin. He was the only child of the family.
By the time of the 1911 Census the family were still living at Tarvin and Herbert, now aged 13 is at school.
He later went to work for Lloyds Bank at their Hawarden branch.
He served in the 26th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, known as the “Bankers” battalion. The battalion arrived in France on the 4th May 1916. Herbert Ikin was killed in action on the 18th September 1916 during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which was fought as part of the larger Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated among the missing on the Thiepval Memorial.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank David McNay for the picture and information on Herbert.