The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Corporal Sydney Hicks

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Sydney James Hicks

Ancestor's date of birth: 1878

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Unknown

Service Number: 1240

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: Detail unavailable

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 292

Contingent: Fifth Victorian

Ship: Orient, Argus or City of Lincoln, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Memorial details: Cessnock Cemetery Victoria

Decorations: QSA with 3 clasps. Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal

Personal Characteristics: A farm hand from Stawell.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: From March 1901 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat. He was disabled by gunshot to his leg and invalided to Australia arriving on the 12 September 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: No details provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Barbara Fraser nee Hicks, Ashtonfield NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter

Name of Descendant: Megan Jane Bridge
Relationship to Ancestor: Gr Gr Grand Daughter

Name of Descendant: Digby Everett Bridge Lowndes
Relationship to Ancestor: Gr Gr Gr Grandson


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