The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Corporal Sydney Hicks|
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.
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