Hicks, Victor

Hicks, Victor Gordon (Lance Corporal)

Born at Edwardstown, Adelaide on 25th February 1895 he enlisted at the age of 20 at Adelaide on 7th February 1916. His parents were James & Elizabeth Hicks (nee Rushton) of Goodwood, Adelaide. His father was required to sign a consent letter allowing Victor to enlist prior to his turning 21. Victor’s Army records list him as being an unmarried Market Gardener, 5’ 6½’’ (1.7 metres) tall, weighing 60.8 kgs and with a medium complexion, hazel eyes and dark brown hair. His religion was recorded as Methodist.

Newspaper reports from 1916 state that ‘he was engaged on his own account working a swamp block at Mount Compass’ prior to enlisting.

After enlistment, he gained a sergeant’s certificate, but reportedly volunteered to go to the front as a private to get there sooner.

On 27th June 1916 he left Australia to serve in France, with the 27th Battalion.

Victor was killed there in ‘heavy fighting’ on 5th November 1916, aged 21 years.

He had been in the trenches for only 5 weeks.

Newspapers descriptions of Victor included: “he was of splendid physique, great endurance, and kindly, lovable disposition.”

 

References: “A Guide Behind The Lines” by Richard Kleining and trove.nla.gov.au