1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
2nd Lieut Harold Crispin Hick
- Age: 33
- From: New Ferry, Cheshire
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
- K.I.A Wednesday 12th July 1916
- Commemorated at: Peronne Rd Cem Maricourt
Panel Ref: I.B.1
Harold Crispin Hick was born at New Ferry, Wirral on the 24th February 1883, the son of George Hawson Hick and Mary Helen (nee Ramsden), both from Yorkshire, who married in 1876. His father was a ship' store dealer. Harold had a sister, Agnes, and a brother, Pantland.
The 1901 census shows the family living at 3 Victoria Drive, Birkenhead with parents, Harold age 18 (Provision Merchant Apprentice) & brother Pantland age 19 (Medical Student).
Harold was married twice, firstly to Magdalene Harrison at Birkenhead in 1906. He was a civil engineer and lived abroad for a number of years. He worked on the railways in Canada and when the war broke out he was in Brazil. He returned to England aboard the Arlanza from Buenos Aires, Argentina, arriving at Southampton on the 22nd August 1914. He was a widower and was living at Londonthorpe, Lincolnshire when he married Lilian Oldfield at London in 1915.
His brother, Pantland, died of Fever aged 33, whilst working as a doctor at the the 1st Western General Hospital, Fazakerley on the 17th April 1915.
Harold obtained a commission in the 19th Battalion (Pals) of The King's Liverpool Regiment and was killed in France on the 12th July 1916 during the fighting at Trones Wood. The murderous fighting that went on inside Trones Wood rendered it impossible to put specific dates on some of the casualties. The conditions are best described in the following passage from Everard Wyrall’s book The History of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) Volume II.
The remembrance of Trones Wood in July 1916 to those who passed through it is of a noisome, horrible place, of a tangled mass of trees and undergrowth which had been tossed and flung about in frightful confusion by the shells of both sides. Of the ghastly dead which lay about in all directions, and of DEATH, lurking in every hole and corner with greedy hands ready to snatch the lives of the unwary. The place was a Death trap, and although the attacks were made with great determination, the presence of snipers who could not be detected and often fired into the backs of our men made the clearing of the wood impossible.
Harold was 33 when he was killed and he now rests at Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt.
His family placed notices in the Liverpool Echo on 20th July 1916:
“July 11, killed in action, Harold Crispin Hick (Second-Lieut. Liverpool Regiment), dearly-loved husband of Lilian Hick.”
“July 11, killed in action, Harold Crispin Hick (Second-Lieut. Liverpool Regiment), youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Hick, 11 Catherine Street. (Canadian papers please copy.)”
Harold's medal card gives his widow's address as c/o Miss M Oldfield of Derby House, Buxton, Derbyshire.
Probate of his estate was obtained at London on the 11th November 1916 by his father and by Herbert Pickford Hollingdrake, mill furnisher. His home address was 11 Catherine Street, Liverpool and his effects were valued at £1,273 15s 10d (£110,000 at todays value.)
hIS father died at Falmouth, Cornwall in 1921 and HIS mother died at 17b Brompton Avenue, Sefton Park in 1923. His sister, Agnes Hick, left Falmouth in 1929 aboard the British Premier travelling to Abadan, Iran. She married in Iraq the following year.
Both Harold and Pantland are commemorated on the family headstone in Deane Road and Manor Road Cemetery, Scarborough:
In memory of MARY/the beloved wife of/PANTLAND HICK/a loving and affectionate/wife and mother and a/true friend/born September 28 1810/died January 25 1881/also of the above PANTLAND HICK/born June 23 1803/who after a long and useful life entered into rest/April 25 1887/in loving memory of/ELIZABETH HICK/daughter of the above/who entered into rest 5th Jan 1917/aged 76/in loving memory of/Captn PANTLAND HICK RAMC/who died of fever April 1915/and of/Lieut HAROLD CRISPIN HICK/King’s Liverpools/killed in action July 1916/each aged 33 years/grandsons of PANTLAND HICK Senior.
Killed On This Day.(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old