Much Hadham Village Memorial,
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Much Hadham,
Stone Bench Plaque, Much Hadham,
Congregational Church Memorial, Hadham Cross,
Bishop's Stortford Cricket Club Memorial Plaque,
Not on Bishop's Stortford memorials
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. On the 1901 Census the family were living at Slyfield, Great Bookham and his father was a solicitor. Educated at Winchester College (1911-15) and a Cadet Lance Serjeant while there. On the 1911 Census he was a listed as a boarder at Southgate House, Winchester. He played cricket against Eton on 15 Jul 1915.
Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant Hertfordshire Regiment in 1916, he served in France from 23 December 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.
Probate was granted in London on 22 January 1919 to Leonard William North Hickley, Solicitor with effects of £150 14s. He also received pay owing of £133 12s 11d.
Brenda Palmer Malcolm Lennox, “Lest We Forget – Much Hadham 1914-18” by Richard Maddams (Much Hadham Forge Museum)