He was born in Chailey in late 1895 or early 1896, his birth registered at Lewes in the March quarter of that year. He appears in the 1901 census of
as a five year old living at North Common with his family. The household comprised William Lockyer
(head, aged 39, working as a journeyman baker), his wife Jane (aged 37) and their
four children: Ellen Jane Lockyer (aged 15, an assistant teacher), Edith
Lockyer (aged 12), Emily Carrie Lockyer (aged nine) and Wifred Newton Lockyer
(aged five). Wales
Wilfred Lockyer served throughout the First World War, his name appearing up to and including the final published roll in July 1919 as Lockyer, Driver W, RFA. Although Chailey Parish Magazine gives his rank as “Driver”, the National Archives gives his rank as “Gunner” and his number as 8517. After the war he remained with the Royal Artillery and was given a new number, 1022055.