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He was the son of William and Sarah Ann Hicking and the brother of Arthur, Annie (Handley), Alice (Frost), Hannah (Daykin) and Freddie Hicking. By 1911 William's elder siblings had left home. The remaining family lived at 3 Brussels Terrace Bunbury Street Meadows Nottingham. By 1914 they lived at 16 Bramcote Place Willoughby Street Lenton Nottingham.
In 1911 he was a brush trade apprentice but was released and became a town carter (Army Service Record [ASR]).
19 Jan 1916
454639 - CWGC Website
16 Bramcote Place Willoughby Street Lenton Nottingham
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
William attested 27/8/1914 standing 5' 6" and weighing 118 lbs. He embarked 3/5/1915. White House Cemetery St Jean les Ypres West Vlaanderen Belgium Sp Mem 6
Personal effects returned to his mother were 1 disc, 1 toothbrush, 1 tin box, 1 knife, photos, cards, 3 buttons and 3 bullets (ASR). Obituary published 6th March 1916 in the Nottingham Daily Express :- “Private William Hickling, 2nd Notts. and Derby Regiment (Machine Gun Section), who was killed in action on January 19th. He was aged 20, and his home was at 15 Bramcote Place, Lenton.” Above obituary is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 His step-brother, Pte. Charles Powell, 2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, died of wounds received on the Aisne in No. 10 General Hospital on 28th September 1914. He is buried in St. Nazaire (Toutes-Aides) Cemetery, France.
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