Walter HICK


HICK, Walter

Service Number: 3816
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Pioneer Battalion
Born: New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, 13 August 1872
Home Town: Mount Morgan, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Rockhampton State School,Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Tuberculosis, Australia, 2 December 1916, aged 44 years
Cemetery: South Rockhampton Cemetery
Grave ref-Meth. 43. 1564
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3816, 26th Infantry Battalion
31 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3816, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Brisbane
2 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3816, 2nd Pioneer Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His son, 1598 Gunner Charles Hick, 2nd Div. T.M. Bty. Australian Field Artillery was killed in action 21 September 1917. Age 21.

3816 Private Walter Hick, a miner, enlisted in Mount Morgan, Queensland in August 1915. Born in Scotland he had come to Australia when he was three years of age. His wife Catherine ran the Razorback Hotel in Moonmera and he was the father of 6 daughters and 1 son. He gave his age as 43 years and 1 month. Serving in France with the 2nd Pioneers, he was evacuated to England, examined and diagnosed with tuberculosis, and evacuated to Australia in September 1916.  Walter Hick died only a few weeks after returning to Australia, from phthisis (tuberculosis of the lungs and wasting of the body) on the 2nd December 1916, with his wife by his bedside. He is buried in the Rockhampton Cemetery, Queensland.

            An article in the Morning Bulletin Rockhampton stated, “Private Walter Hick, who died at his residence, Moonmera, on Saturday afternoon, recently returned invalided from the front, writes our Mount Morgan correspondent. The news of his death was received with very keen regret by a large circle of friends in Moonmera. Private Hick was the husband of Mrs. C. Hick, licensee of the Razorback Hotel, Moonmera. He saw service in France, in company with his son, and after being wounded by shell fire, was sent to England, recently arriving back in Australia. He was for many years employed at the mine, and was a prominent member of the Manchester Unity Oddfellows and Mount Morgan Masonic Lodge, he was forty four years of age Much sympathy is felt for Mrs. Hick and family, of one son and six daughters in their loss. The son (Charlie) is still on active service.....”