Remembering today Sapper George Frederick Charles Hicketts 80 Assault Sqdn.RE 1/11/1944.

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  1. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering today 1st November 1944.
    Sapper George Frederick Charles Hicketts.
    5192819, 80 Assault Sqaudron, Royal Engineers.
    Who died age 21.
    On 1st November 1944.
    Son of Frederick George and Ethel May Hicketts, of Westbury, Wiltshire.
    Remembered with Honour.
    Oostende New Communal Cemetery.

    When i found my granda's photo there was also details from the CWGC site that must have been printed of George's death and at the top of the page granda as written onto it BEST FRIEND. My uncle always knew that granda had a best friend but he couldn't remember his name so this was the proof we wanted. Sadly George also died on this day and by the look on the war diary the same time as Captain Saunders along with another a Lance Corporal Weeler.

    Lance Corporal Clarence Gordon Weeler.
    4915651, 80 Assault Sqaudron, Royal Engineers.
    Who died age 21.
    On 1st November 1944.
    Son of Charles and Louise Weeler, of Pipe Hayes, Birmingham; Husband of Annie Marie Weeler, of Pipe Hayes.
    Remembered with Honour.
    Oostende New Communal Cemetery.


    George and Clarence lay side by side in Oosstende New Communal Cemetery.


    George's grave stone picture courtesy of Pierre Vandervelden. oostende

    War diary courtesy of Lee.

    So a BIG THANKYOU for getting me these cheers.

    RIP GEORGE AND CLARENCE
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  2. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    A larger picture that Michael (Deacs) requested.

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  3. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Michael,

    I checked the war diary of 80 Squadron RE as promised and attach a couple of pages about the assault on Walcharen. As it is handwritten, I have typed the part which relates to G F C Hickett's death and I quote:-

    “touch down on the right shoulder of the Westkapelle Gap at 11-45 hours. Things are not so good. Plenty of enemy shelling, all our LCT’s hit. Capt Saunders hit by shell splinter on LCT and mortally wounded. He died about half an hour afterwards. LVT 1E on board OC’s LCT hit by shell which killed 2 men. Went right through the LVT and burst under a weasel in front causing a considerable fire and confusion“.

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    Although the two men are not mentioned by name, there were only 2 men from 80 Assault Squadron killed that day. One of them can only have been your G Hicketts. As to confirming he was on the raid, I hit gold when I checked through the thick wad of papers behind the war diary pages. Attached was an Apendix, which is marked in handwriting, Nominal Roll of men embarked to Infatuate 31/10/1944. G.F.C Hicketts is on page 2.

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  4. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Thankyou Rob yes i noticed that there was only 3 RE lads that died that day.

    Captain Saunders.

    Private George Hicketts.

    Lance Corporal Weeler.
     
  5. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Am late in remembering George and Clarence but was on holiday
    And i have just recieved Clarence's headstone from Pierre

    So a late Rest in peace lads

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  6. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering today George and Clarence RIP :poppy:
     
  7. Our bill

    Our bill Well-Known Member

    RIP brave soldier
     
  8. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    1st November 2014, Remembering 70 years on.

    Remembering today George and Clarence RIP
     
  9. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day deacs,m,1st nov 2011-12:10am,re:remembering today.sapper george frederick charles hicketts 80 assault sqdn re 1/11/44 .age 21.may he rest in peace.regards bernard85 :poppy: :poppy:
     
  10. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering today Clarence and George RIP :poppy:
     
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  11. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering today Clarence and George :poppy:
     
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  12. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    George and Clarence you are not forgotten RIP
     
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  13. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering :poppy:
     
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  14. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria. Patron

    Remembering George and Clarence on the 75th Anniversary RIP lads :poppy:
     
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