Edward George Hickson was born 1899, son of George Henry Hickson
and Sarah Jane Tune.
According to his enlistment papers Edward was 5' 5 1/2" tall, weighed
132 lbs with a dark complexion, dark eyes and dark brown hair. His
religion was C of E. It is poignant to note that Edward required his
parents consent to enlist. It appears that his mother's written consent
may have been a forgery as it does not conform with other samples of
her writing. Oral history also suggests this may be the case.
Edward died on 27th April 1918 in France. Below are some of the
statements made by other soldiers who witnessed the incident where
Edward and several others were killed or wounded. They are from a
report compiled by the Red Cross for the parents of Albert George
Griffiths one of the casualties.
W.A Totterdell - 3458 BV 53rd Battalion: (in) a reserve battalion
waiting to take over any point attacked: we were in a sunken road just
on the left of Villiers Bretteneux and one of our own shells fell short
and killed Griffiths, Hickson, Atkinson and wounded me.
E.V. Sharp 3465 53rd Battalion: At Villiers Bretteneux when a shell
killed Griffiths and three others.
Also by Sharp: About daylight on the morning of 27th April 1918 we
were in front line trenches and [Griffiths] was about 20 yards from me.
A 9'7 shell burst and blew him to pieces. I picked up what I could find
of him and gave his papers and identity disc to Capt Johnson 53rd
Battalion. He was buried close behind the front line trenches in left
sector of Villiers Bretteneux near the aerodrome. On the Albert Road.
<snip> Three other men were buried with him.
C.A. Petterson 6601: We were in B company V platoon <snip> We were
in reserve in the sunken road in front of Corbie[?] at the time. I saw
[Griffiths] killed by one of our own 60lb shells. Our artillery were firing
short for some time during the barrage. [Griffiths] was buried by the
side of the sunken road which would be about 500 yards behind our
The men were later reburied at the Villiers Bretteneux Military
Cemetery, France - Plot 2 Row A Grave 2. Beside him in grave 3 is
William Atkinson  and beside him in grave 4 is Albert George
|Lest We Forget
Edward George Hickson
Cumberland Argus dated 25th May
HICKSON. — Killed in action, in
France, April 27th 1918. Private
Edward George Hickson, beloved
son of G T and S J Hickson, of
Belmont street, Merrylands, aged
18 1/2 years.
Could we have been there at the
hour of his death,
To have caught the last sigh of his
His last faint whisper we would have
And breathed in his ear just one
Ah, only those that have suffered
are able to tell,
The pain in the heart at not saying
Life's work well done and now
We miss him most who loved him