Lest We Forget
Many members of my family served in the armed services in times of war. Some lived to return to their families, others gave
their life for their country.
World War One
Ernest Henry Hickson; My Grandfather
WWI
Service Number: 1342
Rank: Private, 3rd and 55th Battalions, Aust Infantry
Date of Enlistment: 1st September 1914
Date of Discharge: 4th December 1918
Click HERE for a more detailed account of Ernest's Military Service


George Thomas Hickson: My Great Grandfather
WWI
Service Number: 4098
Rank: Private, 53rd Battalion
Date of Enlistment:6.2.1917
Date of Discharge:10.1.1918
Click HERE for a more detailed account of George's Military Service


Edward George Hickson: Brother of Ernest Hickson
WWI
Service Number: 3401
Rank: Private, 53rd Battalion, Aust Infantry
Date of Enlistment:13.11.1917
Killed in Action: 27th April, 1918, Villers Bretonneux, France
Buried: Villers Bretonneux, Plot 2 Row A Grave 2
Click HERE for a more detailed account of Edward's Military Service

Allan Edmund Betts: Brother of George Thomas Betts
WWI
Service Number: 1810
Rank: Private, 12th Battalion AIF
Date of Enlistment: 5th January, 1915
Killed in Action: Between 19th and 22nd August, 1916, Morquet Farm,
France.
Buried: Villers Bretonneux, France.
Click HERE for a more detailed account of Allan's military service

Alfred Thomas Hickson: Brother of Ernest Hickson
WWI
Service Number: 6515
Rank: Private, 1st Battalion
Date of Enlistment: 16.5.1916
Date of Discharge: 20.6.1919
WWII
Service Number: N206195
Rank: Private
Date of Enlistment: 2.12.1942
Date of Discharge: 31.7.1945
Above: Ernest Henry Hickson

Below: Edward George Hickson and his Memorial
Death Plaque or 'dead mans penny'
Above:  Allan and brother Benjamin Betts, who both served
in WW1 [Photo courtesy of Hayden Bingham]

Below: Memorial Death Plaque of Allan Betts
Frank Burgess: Brother of Selina Burgess
WW1
Service Number 4954
Rank  Private 4954, 12th Battalion
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Date of Enlistment: 16.10.1915
Killed in action 19th/22nd August, 1916, France
Buried: 280 Courcelette British Cemetery, France. Memorial panel
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Frank was a labourer

Benjamin Henry Betts: Brother of George Thomas Betts
WW1
Service Number: 12371
Rank: Gunner,6th [Army] F.A. Bde.
Date of Enlistment: 15.10.1915
Date of Discharge: 29.5.1919

John Arthur [Jack] Stirling: Cousin of grandmother Jean
Thomas, nephew of Margaret Alice Houlihan
WW1
Service Number: 19562
Rank: Sapper, 7th Feild Co of Engineers
Date of Enlistment: 12th May 1917
Killed in Action: 17th July 1918
Buried: Adelaide Military Cemetery, 2 1/2 miles south of Corbie,
France, plot 1 row C grave 18 -
see below

Below Memorial Death Plaque John Arthur Stirling courtesy of
Ian Simpkin
Above: Geoffrey Wallace Hickson at his father's
grave on Anzac Day circa 1977. Geoff is wearing both
his and his father Ernest's medals.