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Richard Ernest Woodland HICKS

Regimental number6324
Place of birthFremantle Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressFremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Hicks, 38 Russell Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Enlistment date4 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 29 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Private HICKS has rendered splendid service as a runner. He has at all times displayed a keen sense of duty, and a total disregard for his own personal safety. During the many operations of recent months, he has carried out his duties fearlessly, on many occasions passing through heavy enemy barrages to deliver his despatches. During the attack on the BEAUREVOIR Line, east of AMIENS, on 3rd October, 1918, under a very heavy barrage of enemy artillery and machine gun fire, he went out to locate and deliver a message to a party which had become detached from its Company, and had pushed too far ahead. The safe and speedy delivery of the message undoubtedly was the means of saving the lives of many of his comrades. By his conduct throughout the operation, he set a very fine example of courage, and infused a spirit of confidence in all associated with him, which is seldom excelled.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: [3141] Lt Frederick Benjamin HICKS, 28th Bn, returned to Australia, 1 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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