Sapper Terrence G Hicks GM

19 Sep 1944

  • George Medal
  • Africa Star medal
  • Italy Star medal
  • France and Germany Star medal

Terrence George Hicks was the son of Robert Percy and Annie Hicks, of Canton, Cardiff. He enlisted in the Royal Engineers and volunteered for Airborne forces.

Sapper Hicks successfully completed parachute training at RAF Ringway on course number 94/95, from 6 to 20 December 1943. He was posted to B Troop, 1st Parachute Squadron, Corps of Royal Engineers, and took part in Operation Torch (North Africa), Operation Husky (Sicily), Operation Slapstick (Italy) and Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).

Spr Hicks was killed in action by a tank on 19 September 1944, aged 24, in the Marktstraat area of Arnhem. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Groesbeek memorial to the missing.

The Newcastle Journal and North Mail article on Saturday 11 July 1942 said ‘A George Medal was awarded to Sapper T G Hicks in respect of an incident in Gibraltar on 13 April 1942 when part of a fully charged mine face fired prematurely, injuring the men lighting it up. Hicks, hearing that a man was still at the face, rushed in followed by two soldiers. The three men knew that the whole face had been lit but did not know when the charges would explode. They pulled the injured man to safety, just as the charge fired.'

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By Rod Gibson

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