Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
2nd Lieut. Hermann Bysshe Bagshaw BICKNELL
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2nd Lieutenant Herman Bysshe Bagshaw BICKNELL .
1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, attached 1st Battalion East Yorks Regt. Son of Harriet Frances Bicknell of Holme Park, Ashburton, S Devon and the late Captain Herman Kentigern Bicknell who also fell. Killed 28 May 1918. Aged 19.
Commemorated on the SOISSONS MEMORIAL.
(Herman Bysshe Bagshaw Bicknell was known as "Basil Bicknell", the name that appears on both the Mount St. Mary's College memorial, and the Beaumont College War Memorial.)
Robert Coulson provides the following information on 2nd Lieutenant Bicknell
in his Biographies
of Officers of the Yorkshire Regiment;-
"Herman Bicknell was born on January 16th 1899 at Northam in Devon.
He was commissioned into the Yorkshire Regiment in September of 1917 and sailed to France in April of 1918 attached to the 1st Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment.
2nd Lt Herman Bysshe Bagshawe Bicknell was killed in action on May 28th 1918 at the age of 19 in fighting near Trigny.
The East Yorks were in danger of being encircled with machine gun and shrapnel shells coming in from the front and the flanks. The action began at 7.00 a.m. and by 4.00 p.m. the battalion had to withdraw so weak were their ranks.
2nd Lt Bicknell’s body was not recovered and he is remembered today on the Soissons Memorial, which commemorates the missing of the Marne and Aisne battles of 1918.
Herman Bicknell was a nephew of Captain E G C Bagshawe, and the son of Harriet Frances Bicknell of Holme Park, Ashburton, South Devon, and the late Captain Herman Kentigern Bicknell of the Oxford and Bucks LI who had been killed a year earlier in Mesopotamia.
The photo has been taken from the website Every Man Remembered.
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