Hicks, Frank Alan

He was the son of Alan and Alice Hicks of Great Murreys, Ashtead. His mother was the daughter of Major General George Beauchamp. He came to Winchester from Twyford School, and in June 1914 passed into Sandhurst, obtaining his commission in the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers in December of that year.

He went to France in March 1915, was wounded in the following June and awarded the M.C.; his name also appeared in Despatches. It has not been established why and when he was awarded his Military Cross but it probably relates to an act of bravery in 1915 because his name appears in the London Gazette of 11th January 1916. He was subsequently appointed instructor to an Officer Cadet Battalion at Gailes, and after a period with them returned to the front in June 1918. He fell near Courcelles on August 21st following. His company were carrying out a difficult attack in a thick mist and suddenly came under heavy machine-gun fire, Hicks being struck by a fragment of shell as he ran to assist another officer who had fallen wounded.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hicks
  • Forenames or initials: Frank Alan
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1910-1914
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 27th September 1896
  • Date of Death: 21st August 1918
  • How Died: Killed while attempting to assist a wounded officer
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F5
  • Decoration: M.C.
  • Burial Site: BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX; Grave VI. L. 27.