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20 May 1892
Grays Essex
Rupert Alexis Rickett was born on 20th May 1892 at Grays, Essex and was the son of Frederick Herbert and Ada Alice Rickett and the brother of Leonard Rickett. In 1911 they lived at 35 Station Street East Kirkby. Frederick and Ada later moved to 'West Lynne' Hartley Road Kirkby in Ashfield.
He was a teacher at Kirkby in Ashfield Chapel Street County School and a member University College Nottingham OTC.
09 Jul 1916
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1551377 - CWGC Website
Captain
8th Bn The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment)
Captain Rupert Alexis Rickett, 8th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on 9th July 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Kirkby in Ashfield Chapel Street County School Log (Nottinghamshire Archives ref SL97 1/3): 31 August 1914 - Mr Houldsworth [John Gordon Houldsworth KIA 23 Mar 1918] commenced duty in this school through the resignations of Miss Bryan and Mr Rickett [? enlisted]. Entry 17 July 1916 refers to the death of Captain Rickett, 'a former member of staff.' He is not named on the Nottinghamshire County Council war memorial. An article published on 24th July 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “CAPTAIN R. A. RICKETT. “Captain Rupert Alexis Rickett was killed in action on July 8th. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Rickett of West Lynne, Hartley-road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and grandson of the late Mr. George Huskinson, of Cropwell Butler, and Lamcote Farm, Notts. He was born at Grays, Essex, on May 20th, 1892, and was educated at the Hucknall Pupil Teachers' Centre. He matriculated at the London University in June, 1913, and entered Nottingham University College in September, 1913, where he succeeded winning the University colours for cricket and hockey. Captain Rickett joined the University O.T.C. under Captain Trotman, and obtained a commission in the South Lancashire Regiment on August 31st, 1914. He was promoted to lieutenant in December, 1914, and went to France in September, 1915, where he was promoted to the rank of captain in October, 1915. Captain Rickett was a member of the Kirkby-in-Ashfield Red Cross Society.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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    Rupert Alexis Rickett - Theipval Memorial
  • photo shows the war memorial commemorating Rupert Alexis Rickett which is in St Thomas's Church, Kirkby in Ashfield.
Courtesy Peter Gillings
    Rupert Alexis Rickett - photo shows the war memorial commemorating Rupert Alexis Rickett which is in St Thomas's Church, Kirkby in Ashfield. Courtesy Peter Gillings