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Harry HICKSON

Regimental number11339
Place of birthManchester England
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCheesemaker
AddressArcadia Street, Penshurst, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, J Hickson, Arcadia Street, Penshurst, New South Wales
Previous military service38th Infantry
Enlistment date8 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 31 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK east of YPRES on the afternoon of 20th October, 1917 whilst acting as Guide for a party going to forward T.M. position a heavy enemy barrage suddenly opened, killing two men and wounding himself. HICKSON, although suffering from great loss of blood and being the only one of the party who knew the route gallantly carried on as Guide refusing to go to the Dressing Station until the party reached their destination. He showed great gallantry and devotion to duty during a very trying period.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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