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William James Locke (1897 - 1916)

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William James Locke
1897 - 1916
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c. 1897
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August 15, 1916
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William James Locke was born c. 1897. He died on August 15, 1916 at 19 years of age.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 266907 Rank: Private Regiment: Oxford And Bucks Light Infantry Unit/ship/squadron: 1st/1st Bucks Bn.
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William James Locke died on August 15, 1916 at 19 years old. He was buried in Thiepval Memorial Pier And Face 10 A And 10 D., France. He was born c. 1897. We have no information about William's family or relationships.
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In 1897, in the year that William James Locke was born, on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1900, at the age of only 3 years old, William was alive when artist Henri Matisse, born in 1869 in France, began the fauvist movement. Only lasting a few years in popularity (ending around 1904), fauvism was in many ways the beginning of modern art. Matisse was fond of bright, vibrant colors and used them in his paintings - contrary to the muted use of color previously. While the fauvist movement declined in popularity, Matisse did not and he went on to create many more works of art and even a museum for his work, 2 years before his death in 1954. (In French, les Fauves means "the wild beasts". Matisse and those who followed his example were called "beasts" because of the bold colors that they used in their artwork.)

In 1903, he was only 6 years old when the Ford Motor Company was incorporated in June after Henry Ford left another car company he founded in 1901 (which became the Cadillac Motor Company). He began Ford Motor Company with $28,000 in cash from twelve investors, two of whom (the Dodge brothers) later began their own car company. Henry Ford improved on assembly line techniques and has been so successful that his family still controls a very popular Ford line of cars and trucks.

In 1916, in the year of William James Locke's passing, the U.S. National Park Service - part of the Department of the Interior - was created by an act of Congress in August. The Park Service was charged with the dual role of "preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment". The resources managed by the National Park Service have often been referred to as the "crown jewels" of the United States.

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