His father: Henry Hickman
Dad’s father Henry was the great-grandson of Lenah Valley pioneer Richard Hickman who arrived in Van Diemens Land in 1842 with his wife Phyllis and 8 children. His eldest son Henry, known as Leonard, named the first of his sons William Henry. Dad’s father’s name was Henry Lloyd – and Dad was of course Maxwell Lloyd. Henry enlisted to fight in World War I in March 1915, aged 33, with the approval of his wife May. (Dad would have been just 4 years old at this time) He was given the regimental number 1106 and attached to D Company 26th Battalion as a driver ‘to join MEF Gallipoli Peninsula’. His time in the army was brief : his record shows he embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli on September 4 1915, but was transferred from a Casualty Clearing Station to Mudros (Greece) on October 3 suffering ‘cystitis and neuralgia’. From there he was admitted to hospitals on Malta and in Egypt, where he apparently continued to suffer these complaints as well as contracting rheumatism. He was returned to Australia, departing Suez on May 23, 2016, and was discharged on medical grounds on August 10th.
His enlistment papers describe him as a ‘labourer’. Dad told us he had helped build the Zinc Works.