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Joseph Thomas Bicknell  J. Bicknell        Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers

J Bicknell Memorial     J Bicknell Memorial

Surname Bicknell
Forename/s Joseph Thomas
Rank Sapper
Service Number 121597
DOB 1865 at Warwick.
Address 2, New Close Terrace, New Tupton
Date & place of death/details 4/2/1916 Aged 50
Died of wounds from gas poisoning
Regiment & Unit 185th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers
Service details France & Flanders.
Military Awards?  
Married?               Children? Husband of Harriett Bicknell.
7 children - 4 girls & 3 boys (2 boys died in infancy)
Any photographs? Derbyshire Times 19/2/1916
Derbyshire Courier 19/2/1916
Family photgraph
Derbyshire Times Obituary? Derbyshire Times 19/2/1916 (page 8) & Derbyshire Courier 19/2/1916
Parents names Mr Charles & Mrs Caroline Bicknell
Parents address 4, Conway Terrace, New Tupton
Grave location or   memoria location Buried at Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt. France.
Living relatives? Yes
Any other information? Enlisted at Chesterfieldin 1915.
Died 1 day after his brother Ernest Bicknell.
Pre war occupation was a miner at the Clay Cross Company Avenue Pit.
Campaign Medals
Victory Medal

Victory Medal
Given the information available it is likely that Joseph Thomas 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 Joseph Thomas 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.