William Eyckens

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William George Eyckens, one of three brothers who served in the A.I.F.



Eyckens was born in Beaufort, Victoria, in 1894. He was the second son of Leon Eyckens (born in Belgium) and Ellen Nora Wilson (1870-1947).[1]

From the Riponshire Advocate, August 19, 1916:

"Mrs Eyckens, of Ballarat (formerly of Beaufort), has received information from the Defence Department that her son, Private A. Eyckens, has been wounded. Another brother, Private W. Eyckens, went right through the Gallipoli campaign and is still at the front, whilst a third member of the family, Private L. H. Eyckens, was wounded early in the Dardanelles fighting, and has since returned to Australia and been discharged."[2]

From the Riponshire Advocate, November 18, 1916:

"Mrs E. N. Eyckens, of Ballarat (formerly of Beaufort) has received a let ter from her son, Private W. Eyckens (who was at the Gallipoli landing and has gone right through the present war with the Australian troops), in which he refers to several Beaufort men at the front. Private Eyckens, writing from France on 10th Sept, states:—"I am in the best of health. We are in a better spot now than we were when I last wrote. I suppose Albert Ramsay is on his way back again by this time. I met Fred Goode, Frank Carter, "Nipper" Dixon, and all the lads from up Beaufort way. Sid Blay, "Sandy" McGregor, and Bill Smith are all still going strong, but Wattie Bell was wounded, and poor old George Maher (reported missing and wounded in the 240th casualty list) is supposed to have been killed. The weather is very cold here now, as winter is just coming on."[3]

From the Riponshire Advocate, April 13, 1918:

"Mrs. Eyckens, of Lyons street south, Ballarat (formerly of Beaufort), has received advice that her son, Driver W. Eyckens, of the 8th Battalion, has been admitted to the First Birmingham War Hospital, suffering from trenchfever. Driver Eyckens, who has been on active service for over three and a half years, sailed with the first contingent, and was one of the first soldiers to leave Ballarat."[4]


World War One service recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.

See also



  1. Federation Index Victoria 1889-1901, Births 1894 Ref. No. 17758, Macbeth Genealogical Services
  2. 1916 'FOR THE EMPIRE.', Riponshire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 19 August, p. 3, viewed 9 December, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119571932
  3. 1916 'FOR THE EMPIRE.', Riponshire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 18 November, p. 3, viewed 9 December, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119572358
  4. 1918 'FOR THE EMPIRE.', Riponshire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 13 April, p. 3, viewed 9 December, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119574595

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--Beth Kicinski 13:01, 19 August 2013 (EST)

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