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Ernest Bicknell  E. Bicknell     E. Bicknell   Leicestershire Regiment

Bicknell Memorial     Bicknell Memorial

Surname Bicknell
Forename/s Ernest
Rank Private
Service Number 3/12950
DOB 1881 at Clay Cross
Address Living with his parents at 4, Conway Terrace.
Previously, at 16, Washington Road, Ecclesfield, Sheffield.
Date & place of death/details 3/2/1916 Aged 36.
Killed in action. Killed by a shell burst whilst listening to the Divisional Band in the canteen. Killed by a second shell whilst trying to help the wounded.
Regiment & Unit 8th Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment
Service details France & Flanders
Military Awards?  
Married?               Children? Single
Any photographs? Derbyshire Times 19/2/1016 & 11/3/1916
Derbyshire Courier 19/2/1916
Family photograph
Derbyshire Times Obituary? Derbyshire Times 19/2/1916 (page 8) & 11/3/1916 (page 8)
Derbyshire Courier 19/2/1916
Parents names Mr Charles & Mrs Caroline Bicknell
Parents address 4, Conway Terrace, NewTupton.
Grave location or   memoria location Buried at Berles-au-Bois Churchyard Extension, France
Living relatives? Yes.
Any other information? Died 1 day before his brother Joseph Bicknell.
He was an officer servant to Lieut-Col J. G. Megison.
Pre war occupation was a miner at the Clay Cross Company Avenue Pit.
Had previously served with the Grenadier Guards in South Africa, and was a reservist for 3 years prior to WW1,
Joined the Leicestershire Regiment on the outbreak of war.
He was the goalkeeper for the Tupton Ivanhoe Football Club.

Campaign Medals:
Victory Medal

Victory Medal
Given the information available it is likely that Ernest Bicknell was entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal. This medal was awarded to all who received the 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star and, with certain exceptions, to those who received the British War Medal. It was never awarded alone. These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred.

Eligibility for this award consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.
British War Medal

British War Medal
From the information available, it is very possible that Ernest Bicknell was entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One. This British Empire campaign medal was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

The medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.