Born: 1876, Colne Engaine, Essex.
Died: 1st January 1901; age: 24; Died of Disease at Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa.
Residence: 2, Belle Vue Cottage, Back Lane, Earls Colne, Essex.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 4014.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, South Africa Field Force.
Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal.
1881 south of the Strret, Pebmarsh, Essex.
George was 4 years old and living with his widowed mother & sister.
Hannah Hicks (nee Bush), 32, a Silk Winder, born Pebmarsh.
Annie Louisa Hicks, 2, born Pebmarsh.
1891 High Street, Earls Colne, Essex.
George was 14 years old, an Iron Moulder’s Apprentice. He and his widowed, maternal grandmother were boarders at the home of 72 year old, widow, Lucy Crisp.
Esther Bush (nee Jarvice), 64, born Earls Colne – died 1898, Earls Colne, Essex.
George’s father was William Hicks, born 1846, Pebmarsh – died 1880, Pebmarsh, Essex.
Soldiers’ Effects to Hannah Collins – mother & Annie Hicks – sister.
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.