Richard Trollope North Hickley

Name

Richard Trollope North Hickley

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

24/03/1918
20

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lieutenant
Hertfordshire Regiment

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

POZIERES MEMORIAL
Panels 89 and 90.
France

UK Memorials

Much Hadham Village Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross

Pre War

Born on 21 Nov 1897 in Great Bookham, Surrey son of Leonard William North and Sybil Louise Hickley later of The Hill, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. Educated at Winchester College (1911-15) and a Cadet Lance Serjeant while there. He played cricket against Eton on 15 Jul 1915.

Wartime Service

Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant Hertfordshire Regiment in 1916 and joined his Regiment on 6 Jan 1917. During 10 days of fighting in March 1918, the Battalion lost around 40 men including Richard Hickley. Richard had been wounded, having just gone out under heavy fire and brought in a German machine gun, the crew of which had been killed or wounded. He was killed in action near Maricourt after capturing an enemy machine gun. Hertfordshire Regiment War Diary Extract: 23rd March 1918- Battalion defended line of trenches between Clery village, running down to River Somme. 24th March 1918 - After intense bombardment of our trenches the enemy attacked in large numbers. The Battalion after heavy fighting retired to a crest in front of Fevillers - Hem Wood Road. In evening got orders to withdraw to Maricourt.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)