Samuel James TRICKER

TRICKER, Samuel James

Service Number: 1281
Enlisted: 9 February 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire, England, 2 April 1868
Home Town: Redfern, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Accidental (fell), Bargo, New South Wales, 21 March 1933, aged 64 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

9 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1281, Liverpool, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1281, 18th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1281, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
16 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1281, 18th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
22 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 1281, 18th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, Shell wound (left forearm and back)
17 Feb 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 1281, 18th Infantry Battalion

18th Batt History

18th Australian Infantry Battalion
The 18th Battalion was raised at Liverpool in New South Wales in March 1915 as part of the 5th Brigade. It left Australia in early May, trained in Egypt from mid-June until mid-August, and on 22 August landed at ANZAC Cove.

The battalion had not been ashore a day when it was committed to the last operation of the August Offensive ' the attack on Hill 60 ' which lasted until 29 August and cost it 50 per cent casualties. For the rest of the campaign the 18th played a purely defensive role, being primarily responsible for holding Courtney's Post. The last members of the battalion left Gallipoli on 20 December.

After further training in Egypt, the 18th Battalion proceeded to France. Landing there on 25 March 1916, it took part in its first major battle at Pozieres between 25 July and 5 August. The battalion returned to the Pozieres trenches for a second time in late August. After a spell in a quieter sector of the front in Belgium, the 2nd Division including the 5th Brigade, came south again in October. The 18th Battalion was spared from having to mount an attack across the quagmire that the Somme battlefield had become, but did have to continue manning the front through a very bleak winter.

In 1917 the 18th was involved in the follow-up of German forces during their retreat to the Hindenburg Line, and was involved in some particularly heavy fighting around Warlencourt in late February. The battalion took part in three major battles before the year was out: the second Bullecourt (3-4 May) in France; and Menin Road (20-22 September) and Poelcappelle (9-10 October) in Belgium.

After another winter of trench duty, the spring of 1918 brought a major German offensive that the 18th Battalion helped to repel. With this last desperate offensive turned back, the Allied armies turned to the offensive and the 18th participated in the battles that pushed the German Army ever closer to defeat: Amiens on 8 August, the legendary attack on Mont St Quentin on 31 August, and the forcing of the Beaurevoir Line around Montbrehain on 3 October. For his actions at Montbrehain, Lieutenant Joseph Maxwell was awarded the Victoria Cross. Montbrehain was the battalion's last battle; it was training out of the line when the armistice was declared and was disbanded on 11 April 1919.


Involved in the Battle of Hill 60

The fighting for Hill 60 (a low rise in the foothills on the north-western end of ANZAC) together with supporting offensive against the W Hills represented the last major Allied offensive operation on the Peninsula. Conceived as an attempt to consolidate the narrow strip of foreshore connecting British forces at Suvla and established positions at ANZAC. The first unsuccessful attempt to seize Hill 60 on 21 August was hastily planned and poorly arranged; a further attack on 27 August was the prelude for 3 days of intense fighting during which objectives were taken, lost and retaken. British, New Zealand and Australian units (18th Battalion, 9th and 10th Light Horse and composite group from Monash's 4th Brigade) failed to secure the crest, and the costly attacks were called off on 29 August as a tenuous junction had been attained with the Suvla forces.

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The body of S. Tricker, 70, of Bargo, was found lying in the middle of the road near the  Bargo bridge. There was a slight cut on his nose and another cut on his head, and it was at  first thought that he had been run over by a  car. The Berrima District Ambulance was called to the scene, officers considering that  the  injuries were not serious enough to have  been received by a car. Police are investigating the matter." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 24 Mar 1933 (


Mystery surrounds the death of S. J. Tricker, aged 70, whose body was found at Bargo River Bridge on Tuesday night. On Tuesday night at 10 o'clock, Bowral Ambulance received a call to Bargo to attend to an elderly man said to have been injured in a car accident. Upon arrival at Bargo River bridge where the accident was said to have occurred, the Ambulance found an elderly man lying in the middle of the road. Upon closer examination it was found that he was dead. Three beer bottles which the man was carrying were found broken in a parcel, but there was no sign of a car having struck him. A small cut on the nose and a bruise on the head were the only signs of injury. The body was removed to the Hotel Bargo. The man, who subsequently was identified as S. T. Tricker, aged 70, was camped at Bargo River and left the hotel at six o'clock to return to camp." - from the Scrutineer and Berrima District Press 25 Mar 1933 (