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.