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Written and researched by David Bohl, with the kind help and documents supplied by historians worldwide.
Born 1888 in Gloucester he became an Elementary School Teacher and lived at 7 Ash Leigh, Anfield
Lance-Corporal A.E.Hickling, of the King’s Liverpool Regiment, died in France from wounds. He was first assistant-master at St. Lawrence Schools, Kirkdale, and a member of the choir of Holy Trinity Church, Walton Breck. He was educated at Deacon’s School, Peterborough, and at St. John’s College, Battersea, where he was popularly known as "Pete." Here he had a most successful career, gaining the Government certificate with double first-class, and was a member of the college first teams. As "Pete" he was known to a wide circle of admirers in Liverpool, who mourn the loss of a valuable friendship which stood every test, but the loss is greatest to the boys of his old school A few days before he was wounded he wrote :- "I am afraid we are bound to have losses in the next few days, and if I am among the number I hope my friends will remember what an infinitely small thing the loss of one life is in comparison with the principle for which we are fighting; and therefore, my wish is that you should not grieve for me but rather that you should be proud that I have an opportunity of falling in the same cause as so many of our St. Lawrence boys have done."
Albert Ernest Hickling
20th Battalion, The King's Regiment, died 7th August 1916 in the Somme offensive at High Wood
[My thanks to Richie Kenrick who visited Corbie Communal Cemetery in Sept 2019]
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