Born: 1873, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Died: 12th October 1900; age: 27; Died of Disease at Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.
Residence: 24, Hospital Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 2885.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.
1881 21, Union Terrace, St. Mary, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Albert was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Joseph Hicks, 36, a Labourer – Iron Works, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Mary Ann Hicks, 39, born Great Whelnetham, Suffolk.
Amelia Hicks, 12, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Ada Hicks, 4, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Frank Charles Hicks, 2, born Bury St. Edmunds.
1891 Military Camp, St. Botolph’s, Colchester, Essex.
Albert was 19 years old, a Soldier ranked a Private for the Suffolk Regiment.
One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.