Thomas William Hickson
Private (8146) Thomas William Hickson was 28 years old when he died of his wounds at Netley Military Hospital, Southampton on Saturday 6 March 1915. He is buried at Cefn Golau Cemetery, Tredegar, grave ref: IV. 4. 318.
Thomas William Hickson of the 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment was born in Crewe, Cheshire to his parents, Thomas and Alice Hickson. On the 1891 census, he was 4 years old and lived at 18 Bank Street, Crewe, Cheshire. By the time of the 1901 census he was employed as a servant to the Maddock family at Norley, Cheshire and he was 14 years old. The 1911 census shows him as being 24 years old and he is listed as a private in the 2nd Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment serving in India. He enlisted in the army at Birkenhead, Cheshire. It’s not know how much or little time that he spent in Tredegar although his mother lived at 46 Rhyd Terrace, Tredegar in 1915. No trace of the Hickson family in Tredegar on 1911 census.
Merthyr Express, 20 March 1915:
Died for his Country
Private T W Hickson of the 2nd Cheshire Regiment, whose home was at 46 Rhyd Terrace, Tredegar, died at Netley Hospital from wounds received at the front. He had served nine years in the Army and was a reservist when war broke out. He rejoined his regiment, which was ordered home about Christmas time and before returning to the front he visited his home about seven or eight weeks ago. On 23 February  his widowed mother was notified that he had been wounded, nothing further was heard by her until Friday last, when a telegram summoned her to the hospital. Her son however died before she arrived. His body was brought to Tredegar on Monday last and was interred with military honours on Saturday. The Town Band under Bandmaster Eli Shaw played the “Dead March” en route to Cefn Golau, Cemetery and the firing party which hailed from Cardiff, fired volleys over the grave of the departed soldier. Wreaths were sent by various members of the family and by the Royal Service Club, Tredegar.
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