First World War Centenary


Alfred James HICKLEY

Date of Birth: 25.04.1897

Date of Death: June 1960

Service History

Regiment: ARMY

Rank: Gunner

Dates of Service: 1915 - 1919

Service History:

Alfred James Hickley enlisted in the army in 1916 age 18 and served as a gunner, service numbers 2020 and 966272 in the 303rd Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery.  He was awarded the Victory and British Medals.

Personal History:

Alfred James Hickley was born in Portsmouth in April 1897 to Ernest and Jessie Hickley.  In 1901 the family home was in Chapel Street, Buckland and Ernest Hickley age 34 was a general labourer in the gas works.  In 1911 the family had moved a few houses down in Chapel Street and Alfred had four sisters.  At that time Alfred was 14 and an errand boy.  In 1919 he married Vera Hannah Symons at St Stephen's church in Buckland Portsmouth (that church was bombed in the second war and later demiolished), they had one daughter..
Alfred survived the war and died age 60 in hospital in Portsmouth - his home at that time was in Monmouth Road, North End.

Further information:

Sources - Ancestry

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