It is difficult to be sure with him, as he appears to be a bit of a con man . There is nothing in Births nor in censuses. Howeve1901 census is only 400 metres from his MIC address in Reading. He has 2 MIC - William Kirke, and Roy William Kirke. My assumption was to try to link him to , William Alfred Kirke, but he died a L/Cpl in 1917 so it cannot be him. . The name Kirke is quite rare, certainly nobody in censuses is suitable. I cannot work out his connection to this family
1892 Born Surrey (on RIC)
1901 census at : 7, Chatham Court, Chatham Street, Reading
1911 census at 12 Victoria Cottages Reading
1914 Sep 7. Landed in France
1917 Oct 16. MM Gazetted to 12392 Cpl. R. W. Kirke, R. Fus. (Reading).
1918 Aug 16. Gazette MID. L/12392 Serjeant William Kirke, M.M., Royal Fusiliers (Chesterton).
1918 Jan 22. Married to Annie Gertrude ROBINSON in Chesterton, Cambridgeshire
1918 Jun 2. The undermentioned to be 2nd Lts., for service in the Field: — R. Fus.—Corpl. William Kirke.
1918 Sep 28. MC. 2nd Lt. William Kirke, M.M., 2nd Bn. R. Fus. For marked gallantry and skilful leadership
in front of Ypres during the operations of
September 28th to October 2nd, 1918. On
September 28th and 29th, while commanding
his platoon, he on two occasions personally
led a rush against an enemy machine gun, and
captured the position. On the night of
September 29th he carried out, with one man,
a very skilful and bold reconnaissance and
established touch with the unit on his right
flank, sending back an invaluable report. He
showed fine courage and leadership
1919 Dec 2. 2nd Lt to be Lt. R. Fus.—W. Kirke, M.C., M.M. (since ret.).
1920 Jan 2. R. Fus.—The undermentioned retire, receiving a gratuity.: — 2nd Lt. W. Kirke, M.C., M.M.
1920 Oct 25. Joined ADRIC with service no 857. Posted to B Coy
1921 Feb 12 Posted to Depot Coy
1921 Apr 23. Promoted Section Leader.
1921 Mar 7. Posted to Coy J Coy
1921 Jun 6. Promoted Platoon Commander and Intelligence Officer.
1921. Aug 31 .Posted to A Coy
1922 Jan 20. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1922 Gives evidence at the compensation claim that JL French's parents brought following French's killing by the IRA
1941 A curious case which I am fairly sure is him. It was not widely reported. It is humorous that he gave a reference as "R Kirke MC" who had known him a long time.
1949 Mar 3. R. Fus. Lt. W. KIRKE, M.C., M.M. (127593), having .exceeded the age limit of liability to recall, ceases to belong to the Res. of Offrs., and is granted the hon. rank of Capt.
1963 Dec 4. Dies