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Rupert George Hickmott

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Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916 - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Rupert George AWMM
  • Surname
    Hickmott AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    6/3961 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    19th March 1894 Public - Greg - Other relative - 20 November 2017 - Family records
  • Place of birth
    Christchurch Public - Greg - Other relative - 20 November 2017 - Family records
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    As Above
    41 Ranfurly Street, Christchurch Public - Greg - Other relative - 20 November 2017 - Family records
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • G. Hickmott (father), 41 Ranfurly Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • As above Public - Greg - Other relative - 20 November 2017 - Family records
  • Relationship status
    single Public - Greg - Other relative - 20 November 2017 - Family Records

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    6/3961 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Rupert Hickmott was the son of George and Martha Hickmott, of 41 Ranfurly St., St. Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Rupert was educated at Christchurch Boys High School and played cricket for both Canterbury and New Zealand. He was one of only two New Zealand cricket representatives to be killed in World War One. Wisden wrote after his death at the age of 22 that “he was probably the most promising cricketer in the Dominion”, and they were quite possibly right. Hickmott played for St Albans, Canterbury and New Zealand, being a member of the team that toured Australia in 1913/14. During that tour he scored 346 runs, with an average of 26.15. He also played in the first ‘Test’ against the mighty Australian team that toured New Zealand in 1914, scoring 26 and 7 respectively. His first class average as a batsman was 25.09, with a highest score of 109 for Canterbury against Hawkes Bay in 1915. As a bowler he averaged 27.27, but the figures, as is so often the case, do not reflect the man. He was seen as a batsman of immense promise because of his flair and his elegance at the crease. He seems to have possessed a calm temperament and had the ability to constantly learn from his experiences on the field. They said Hickmott could make time stand still when he was batting and was a gifted fielder and clever bowler. Maybe, just maybe, he was a New Zealand captain in the making. He enlisted in the NZ Expeditionary Force and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion of the Canterbury Regiment. He embarked for France on 4 March 1916 and was killed in action on the Somme on 16th September the same year. He is commemorated on the Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial at Longueval and was 22 when he died. He did not marry. Public - Greg Robert - Direct descendant - 20 November 2017 - Family history plus.
      http://nzcricketmuseum.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/second-lieutenant-hickmott-of-christchurch/
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    16 September 1916 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    SommeNorthern France AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Obituary
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France AWMM

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  • Thank-you Rupert for your courage,bravery and sacrifice. Your life was so short and held such promise. You served with honour for your country, you will always be remembered by Diana the eldest daughter of your brother Sydney's only son Robert.
    Public - Diana Gaye - 18 February 2015

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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
20 November 2017GregMount MaunganuiOther relative
20 November 2017Greg RobertMount MaunganuiDirect descendant
18 February 2015Diana GayeChristchurch New ZealandOther