The AIF Project


Regimental number1480
Date of birth17 September 1896
Place of birthEaton, Constantine, Shropshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationWinch driver
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinBrother, Edward Wickers, Eaton, Constantine, Shrewsbury, England
Enlistment date7 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A50 Itonus on 22 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 December 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack he led his section with such dash against a strongly garrisoned objective that the enemy fled. With great initiative, he led a bombing team forward, and captured a machine gun. Later, when the position was repeatedly counter attacked, he inspired his men by his courage, and all attacks were driven off.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Bar to DCM

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He led his section against an enemy machine gun which was coming into action, killed the crew, and captured the gun. During consolidation, after the capture of the final objective, he went out alone and brought in fifteen prisoners who were in shell holes in front of the line. Throughout the operations he set a splendid example of courage and leadership.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Military Medal

'For gallant conduct during the operations at BROODSEINDE RIDGE, East of YPRES on 3rd November 1917. Corpl. VICKERS was N.C.O. of a patrol of one Officer and 20 O.R. sent to ascertain the enemy's dispositions. A hostile patrol was met and driven into their post. Corpl. VICKERS led a rush on the post, and himself killed 3 of the enemy, his dash and initiative preventing the enemy opening fire and inflicting casualties on his patrol.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Discharge date21 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Wounded, 24 July 1916. Appointed Corporal, 11 March 1917; Seryeant, 13 March 1918. Wounded, 24 July 1918.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal & Bar, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Print format    

© The AIF Project 2024, UNSW Canberra. Not to be reproduced without permission.