William Unicume (1886 – 1941)
By the start of the Second World War, William had spent several years living in Horam, East Sussex and running a hairdressing business. He joined the Home Guard (Dad’s Army) and served with the 20th Sussex (Hailsham) Battalion.
On 12 October 1941 whilst being given an instructional demonstration at Horam brickworks by the Royal Engineers, William was killed when a bomb prematurely exploded as it was discharged from a mortar. In addition to William, a number of men were also injured including a major-general, a captain, army engineers and four Home Guards. William was taken to the Kent & Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, but died the next day from his wounds.
William’s funeral was held at St. Mary’s Platt church on Friday 17 October and he is buried in the churchyard.
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