William John (Bill) PIKE was born in Haggerstone London from a family originally from Street in Somerset who were shoe makers. Bill was a Shipping clerk who took up boxing and was friends with Thomas (Pedlar) Palmer World Bantam weight champion. He married Rebecca Hall in 1899 and had five children. Little is known of his life after 1906 when the family broke up.
He died in Forest House, part of Whips Cross Hospital Leytonstone, London, seemingly after being a long stay resident with no known living relatives!
After much research, his grandchildren found his unmarked grave in 2010 and arranged to have a cross suitable inscribed to mark his last resting place.
More on his family can be found at www.whippfamily.co.uk
Rebecca Hall Palmer
1876–1955 (m. 1899)