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18 Nov 1891
Henry Donald Hickling was born on 18th November 1891, the fourth son of Edward Hickling, a lace manufacturer, and Mary Ellen Hickling née Goodliffe. His father Edward was born in 1859 in Holloway, Derbyshire, and his mother was born in 1858 in Melbourne, Australia, the daughter of Thomas and Anne Goodliffe. In 1871 Thomas, a provision merchant, and his wife and children, including Mary Ellen, were living at 40 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham. Edward and Mary were married in 1882 (J/A/S Nottingham) and had six children all of whom were born in Nottingham: Frank Goodliffe b. 2 July 1883 (J/A/S Nottingham), Lillian Maud b. 18 December 1884 (1885 (J/F/M Nottingham), Leonard Edward b. 8 July 1886 (J/A/S Nottingham), Arthur Stanley b. 4 January 1890 (J/F/M Nottingham), Henry Donald b. 18 November 1891 (1892 J/F/M Nottingham) 1891 and Eric Arnold birth registered 1903 (J/F/M Nottingham). In 1891 Edward (32), buyer (lace warehouse), and Mary Ellen (33) were living on Annesley Grove, Nottingham, with their four children Frank (7), Lillian (6), Leonard (4) and Arthur (1). Edward employed one servant, a mother's help. The family's address was 14 Sherwood Street, Annesley Grove, in 1901. Edward was now a lace manufacturer. In the household on the night of the census were his wife Mary and their children Frank (17) an accountant's clerk, Lillian (16), Leonard (14) an accountant's clerk, Arthur (11) and Henry (9). Eric Arnold, their youngest child, was born two years later. In the 1911 census the family were living at 'Sutherland Lodge', Lucknow Drive, Mapperley Park, and were shown as Edward Hickling 52 yrs a lace manufacturer who was living with his wife Mary Ellen 53 yrs and their children, Lillian Maud 26 yrs and Eric Arnold 9 yrs. Edward employed two domestic servants, a cook and a housemaid. Edward and Mary later lived at 277 Woodborough Road, Nottingham, and then at 7 Derbyshire Crescent, Wollaton. Edward died aged 79 on 25 February 1939 and Mary Ellen aged 81 on 5 May 1939; they were buried her parent's grave in Nottingham General Cemetery. Of Henry's siblings: Frank Goodliffe served in the Sherwood Foresters, 423 Sergeant, later Captain (see 'Extra information). He married Antoinette Bancroft (b. 15 February 1886) in 1910 (J/A/S Nottingham) and they had three children: Margaret b. 5 April 1911, Peter Frank b. 1914, Evelyb b. 19 September 1919. In 1939 Frank, a chartered accountant, and Antoinette (Nellie) were living at 11 Thyra Grove, Notingham, with their daughters Margaret, a typist and secretary,and Evelyn, a student. Their son Peter served in the RAFVR and was killed on 9 November 1942 (see 'Extra information). Frank died on 9 December 1954; he was still lving at 11 Thyra Grove. His wife, Antoinette, survived him. Lillian Maude did not marry and probably continued to live with her parents. In 1939 at the time of the England & Wales Register and shortly after both parents had died, she was living at 7 Derbyshire Crescent, Wollaton, her parents' home; she was employed as a clerk typist with the Unemployment Assistance Board. She died on 8 December 1972; according to the probate record she was living at Nazareth House, Old Lenton, Nottingham (residential home). Leonard Edward married Daisy Ethel Noble (b. 5 June 1887) in 1908 (A/M/J Nottingham) and in 1911 they were living with her parents, Tom and Elizabeth Noble, at 422 Woodborough Road, Nottingham. Leonard was a lace manufacturer. In 1939 they were living at 660 Western Boulevard, Nottingham, with Ethel's widowed mother, Elizabeth Noble. Leonard was a yarn salesman. He died on 9 December 1970; the probate record gives his address as 67 (formerly 49) Nottingham Road, Nuthall, Nottingham. Arthur Stanley may have served as an Army Dental Surgeon, 3rd Indian Army Corps, Mesopotamia, in 1912. He qualfied as a dental surgeon in 1912 (LDS RFPS Glasg.) and registered 15 November 1912. He may have married Lilian Binks in 1920 (A/M/J Paddington London). If this is a correct identification, there is a record of an Arthur S Hicking (b. 4 January 1890), a dental surgeon, living in Croydon, Surrey, with his daughter Jean Hickling (b. 28 May 1921, A/M/J Lambeth-Binks, d. 1981 J/A/S Westminster) and a record of a Lilian Hickling (b. 28 July 1895) who was a patient at 103 South Side, Clapham. Arthur may have died on 3 December 1965; the probate record gives his address as 51 Oakdene Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. There is a probate record for a Lilian Hickling 'otherwise Lilian Binks' of Rockdale House, Rockdale,, Sevenoaks, who died on 25 March 1984 Eric Arnold married Norah Winifred Hobson (b. 2 October 1904) in 1928 (O/N/D Nottingham) and they had one child, Patricia A. (b. 1931 A/M/J Nottingham, prob. married Alexander Pierce 1949 J/F/M Nottingham). Eric served in the Merchant Navy and died at sea ('presumed drowned') on 7 December 1942 after his ship was torpedoed by a German submarine (see 'Extra information'). The probate record gives his address as 11a Hawton Crescent, Wollaton. The CWGC record gives Norah's address as Worstead, Norfolk; she died in 1989 (O/N/D Walsham Norfolk).
He was admitted to the Nottingham High School on 13th January 1904 aged 12 yrs and was removed in July 1904. His brother Frank Goodliffe Hickling also attend the High School.
19 Aug 1917
258984 - CWGC Website
50th Bn Canadian Infantry
Henry Donald Hickling enlisted on 31st January 1916 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and served with the 50th Canadian Infantry, Alberta Regiment. He is buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension (grave ref. 1.L.8
There is a photograph of Henry Donald from the Calgary Herald, caption, 'Pte HD Hickling Killed in Action' on: www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/258984 Nottingham Evening Post, 1 October 1917: ‘The Roll of Honour. Wounded. Capt. FG Hickling. Capt. FG Hickling, of the Sherwood Foresters, who was wounded in action on Wednesday last, is the eldest son of Mr E Hickling, of Lucknow-drive, Nottingham. Originally attached to the old Robin Hoods, he went to France with the battalion soon after the outbreak of war, was gazetted second-lieutenant, and returned to England. He received a bullet wound during the rebellion in Ireland, and went back to France in January of this year. His younger brother was killed in action with the Canadians in August.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Hickling Edward of 7 Derbyshire-crescent Wollaton-road Nottingham died 25 February 1939 at the General Hospital Nottingham Administration Nottingham 22 July to Frank Goodliffe Hickling accountant,. Effects £44. Nottingham Evening Post, 27 February 1939 (extract): ‘Funeral of Mr Edward Hickling. Service at Mansfield Road Church: The funeral of Mr Edward Hickling, a former Nottingham lace manufacturer, who died in the Pay Bed Wing of the Nottingham General Hospital on Saturday, at the age of 79, took place at the General Cemetery today [27 February]. A service was held at Mansfield-road Baptist Church, where the deceased wa a life deacon, prior to the interment, and was conducted by the Rev. T Adamson … The principal mourners were Mr. and Mrs FG Hickling (son and daughter-in-law), Mr Leonard E Hickling, and Mrs Arthur S Hickling (sons), Miss Lilian Hickling (daughter), Mrs Eric Hickling (daughter-in-law), Mr Peter Hickling and Miss Margaret Hickling (grandchildren) and Mr F Goodliffe and Mr George Spreckley (brothers-in-law) … The Mechanics Institution, of which Mr Hickling was a life honorary member and for many years a vice-president, was represented by (list of names).’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Hickling Mary Ellen of 7 Derbyshire-crescent Wollaton-road Nottingham widow died 5 May 1939 Administration Nottingham 13 July to Frank Goodliffe Hickling accountant. Effects £10. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 6 May 1939: ‘Hickling. Mary Ellen, May 5th, at 7, Derbyshire-crescent, aged 81, widow of the late E Hickling. Funeral Monday. Service, Mansfield-road Baptist, 2 pm. Interment, General Cemetery, 2.45’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Henry's youngest brother, Eric Arnold, served in the Merchant Navy as a Chief Officer and was killed on 7 December 1942 when his ship, SS Ceramic (Southampton), was sunk in the North Atlantic by U-515 (sunk 9 April 1944 North Atlantic by rockets fired by aircraft from escort carrier USS Guadalcanal and depth charges from escort destroyers, survivors). He is commemorated on the Merchant Navy memorial, Tower Hill, London. In November 1942, Eric, the chief officer of SS Waiwera (Southampton), had been awarded the OBE and the Lloyds War Medal for Bravery at Sea (Supplement to London Gazette 10 November 1942) when SS Waiwera on passage from Auckland to Liverpool (cargo 12,933 tons foodstuffs, 2,100 bags mail and military passengers) was attacked and sunk by U-754 (Hans Oestermann) 400 miles off the Azores (8 dead, 97 survivors). The survivors were picked up by SS Oregan Express and landed at New York. Probate: Hickling Eric Arnold of 11a Hawton-crescent Wollaton Park Nottingham died 7 December 1942 at sea Probate Nottingham 16 April to The Yorkshire Penny Bank Limited. Effects £1712 4s. 6d. Henry's nephew, Squadron Leader Peter Frank Hickling DFM RAFVR (218 Squadron), the only son of his brother Frank, was killed in action on 9 November 1942, buried Hanover Military Cemetery (NEP report 8 April 1943).
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