Private 15571 Noah Hickinbottom

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Killed in Action on Tuesday, 17th August 1915, age 24.
Buried in Grave X. B. 22. at Voormezeele Enclosure No.3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

8th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 51st Brigade of 17th Division.

Son of Elizabeth Hickinbottom; husband of Louisa Dinah Hickinbottom, of 7, Underhills Buildings, Toll End Rd., Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Bilston, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 14th July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/456647/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
26 Walker Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Daniel Hickinbottom (41, General Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (39, born Tipton), and their x children: Daniel (18, General Labourer, born Tipton), Nellie (16, Dometic Servant, born Tipton), Eliza (14, General Servant, born Tunstall), Thomas (11, born Wolstanton), Noah (9, born Tipton), John (7, born Tipton), and Mary Ann (2, born Tipton).

1911 Census
60 Aston Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Elizabeth Hickinbottom (39, born Tipton), and 6 of her 9 surviving children of 13: Thomas (21, Boat Loader, born Tunstall), Noah (19, Boat Loader, born Tipton), John (16, Boat Loader, born Tipton), Mary (11, born Tipton), Elizabeth (8, born Tipton), and George (6, born Tipton).

Marriage of Noah Hickinbottom and Louisa D. Payton registered September quarter 1912 at Dudley. Birth of a daughter, Louisa D. Hickinbottom registered June quarter 1913 at Dudley.

Personal Data

Noah Hickinbottom's father, Daniel, is the brother of the other Tipton casualty named Noah Hickinbottom, so the 2 are uncle and nephew.

After Noah's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £0/10/3d (10 shillings and 3 pence); this was paid to his widow, Louisa Dianh, in December 1915. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds aexactly), this was also paid to his widow in July 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Noah had enlisted within the 12 months prior to his death.

In April 1920, Mrs L. Hickinbottom applied for her late husband's 1914-1915 Star.

Action resulting in his death

The 8th South Staffs were in the 17th (Western) Division, landing in France between 11th and 21st July. They initially concentrated near St Omer, but soon moved to Belgium. On the 15th to 16th August the 8th South Staffs moved into trenches at Vormezeele, near St. Eloi.
The War Diary for 17th August says:
"All quiet during morning & Afternoon. About 9.15pm bombardment of trenches started by enemy. Trench Mortars used. Certain amount of rifle fire. Firing died down about 11pm.Casualties during the 24 hours: 2 men killed & 8 wounded."

Noah Hickinbottom was killed during this bombardment, after only a few days in the trenches. He is buried at Vormezeele Enclosure No. 3, next to James Turner, another Tipton man in the 8th South Staffs who was killed on the next day, 18th August.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald October 9th 1915
The death is officially reported of Private Noah Hickinbottom, of the 8th South Staffs who resided at 7 Underhill Buildings, Toll End Road, Tipton, and who was killed in action in France on August 18th.
In communicating the circumstances of his death, Lieutenant E.R. Edwards states that Hickinbottom was killed while in the front line of trenches and that this was yet another life sacrificed in the cause of righteousness and liberty.
The news of Private Hickinbottom's death will be received with regret in the district, where he had many friends, whose sympathy will be extended to the deceased's widow.