Private 4954 Noah Hickinbottom

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Died of Wounds on Tuesday, 7th September 1915, age 48.
Buried in Grave V. D. 10. at Hill 10 Cemetery, Turkey.

6th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). 38th Brigade of 13th Division.
Formerly 850 Royal Garrison Artillery.

Husband of Emma Hickinbottom, of 28, Tustin St., Peckham, London. Native of Tipton, Staffs. Served in the South African Campaign.
Born: Stafford, Enlisted: London, Resident: Unknown.

First landed Balkans, 16th August 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on Commonwealth War Graves site.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/607187/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Noah Hickinbottom registered March quarter 1867 in Dudley. Probable date of birth 30 Nov 1866.

1871 Census
202 Bloomfield, Tipton, Staffs.
Samuel Hickinbottom (33, Forgeman, born Tipton), his wife Hannah (32, born Tipton), and their x children: (Alfred (13, born Tipton), Elizabeth (11, born Tipton), Daniel (9, born Tipton), Louise (6, born Tipton), Noah (4, born Tipton), and Clara (1 month, born Tipton).

1881 Census
Boat "Derwent", Factory Canal Bridge, Malthouse Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Isaac Moore (69, Captain, born Tipton), his wife Rebecca (69, born Tipton), and Noah Hickinbottom (16, Mate, born Tipton).

1891 Census
Royal Artillery Barracks, Artillery Place, Woolwich.
Gunner Noah Hickenbottom (25, born Tipton).

Marriage of Noah Hickinbottom and Emma Hookham registered June quarter 1893 in St Saviour, Southwark, London. This was on 30th May at All Saint's Church, Newington. Both Noah and Emma were resident at 7 Ruby Street, Peckham - in the shadows of the Gas Holders off the Old Kent Road. Noah was recorded as being a Labourer, presumably having left the Army.

1901 Census - can't find him (South Africa??).
1911 Census - can't find him.

Personal Data

There are two Noah Hickinbottoms, the other is the son of this man's brother Daniel, and so the other Noah is this man's nephew. Noah's sister, Elizabeth, married Joseph Perks - they lost 3 sons in the Great War - William, Joseph and George Perks. Noah's cousin, Sarah Ann Hickinbottom married Walter T. Baldock, they also lost a son in the Great War, also named Walter T. Baldock.

Noah Hickinbottom was a time-expired pre-war soldier with the Royal Artillery. He had signed up before 1891, and served in the South African Campaign. Noah re-enlisted on 23rd August 1914 with his old regiment, the Royal Garrison Artillery, saying he was 41 years old when he was really 47. He was a Labourer, 5 ft 5 inches tall, weighed 135 pounds with a 38 inch chest and good physical development. He had a mole on his cheek and a scar on his left arm, brown eyes, light brown hair, and was Church of England.

After Noah's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £0/13/2d (13 shillings and 2 pence); this was paid to his widow, Emma, in February 1916. His War Gratuity was £3/10/0d (3 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his widow in August 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Noah had enlisted in approximately September 1914.

Noah's widow, Emma, had been receiving 12 shillings and six pence seperation allowance and an allotment of 3 shillings and six pence a total of 16 shillings per week. After Noah's death this was converted to a pension of 15 shillings per week from 3rd April 1916.

Action resulting in his death

Noah was transferred from the Royal Garrison Artillery to the 3rd (Depot) Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) on the 8th June 1915. He was then allocated to the 6th King's on 16th August 1915 when they arrived in the Gallipoli theatre of war. The 6th King's was part of 38th Brigade in the 13th (Western) Division.

The only siginifcant battle after Noah landed at Gallipoli before his death on 7th September. was the Battle of Hill 60, from 27th to 28th August. He may have been wounded at this battle, or he could just have been wounded in the day to day attrition. He died from his wounds at the 39th Field Ambulance. Noah is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery which was made of the the Armistice by concentrating other cemeteries.

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