The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Bombadier George Hicks

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Name of Ancestor: George Hicks

Ancestor's date of birth: 23/01/1873

Ancestor's date of death: 1930?

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born at Bulli NSW, by 1914 had served 17 years as a permanent soldier, indicating he probably joined the Garrison Artillery as a gunner in 1897.

Service Number: 2667

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: A Battery Royal Australian Artillery

Rank attained in Boer War: BDR, Date Effective: 13/12/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CAPT, Date Effective: 21/10/1917

Murray Page: 53

Contingent: First New South Wales

Ship: Warrigal, Date of Sailing: 30/12/1899

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Cape Colony, Orange Free State and South Africa 1901 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 172 cm, weight 73 kg (1914)

Reasons to go and fight: A soldier in the permanent forces of the Colony of New South Wales.

Details of service in war: Served from February 1900 with A Battery in Orange Free State and Transvaal until invalided to Australia arriving 11 June 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: Continued to serve as a permanent soldier. Was married to Lucy Anne, had children and was living at Murwullumbah, NSW. Joined the AIF at Enoggera on 21 November 1914 as RSM of the 5th Light Horse Regiment, Service Number 661. Served at Gallipoli. Served in Palestine, commissioned 20 February 1916, was severely wounded in the forearm 4 August 1916. Returned to the front and was promoted Captain 21 October 1917, serving as Adjutant of the 5 LH. Returned to Australia 26 December 1918, service in the AIF terminated 5 February 1919. Continued to serve in the permanent forces.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Maureen Davis-Catterall, Woronora NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: great grand daughter


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