Lieutenant Q/Master Edward Pickard
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Lieutenant Q/Master Edward PICKARD
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Lieutenant Q/Master Edward Pickard

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Lieutenant Q/Master Edward PICKARD

Born at Bradford 4th February, 1873, son of George Pickard of Bradford.
Pte., 16th October. 1891 ; Lce.-Corpl, 1st December, 1891 ; Corpl, 2nd June, 1892 ; Sergt., 12th August, 1895 ; Cr.-Sergt 12th October, 1896 ; Sergt.-Major, 1st October, 1903; Hon. Lieut. and Qr.-Mr., 28th July, 1909 ; Hon. Capt., 4th June, 1917; Hon. Major 3rd June, 1918 ; Major and Qr.-Mr., 8th August, 1918; Lieut.-Col. 5th November, 1927 ; retired, 16th February, 1928.

Served in the Boer War, 1899-1902, and was present in the operations near Colesberg in January, 1900. In the march along the Modder River, including the Relief of Kimberley, the actions at Paardeberg, Kitchener's Kop, Poplar Grove, and Driefontein, and occupation of Bloemfontein. In the advance on Dewetsdorp and action at Leuukop. In the march to Pretoria and actions at Brandfort, Vet and Zand Rivers, Kroonstadt and Johannesburg. In the advance eastwards and actions at Diamond Hill and Belfast (mentioned in despatches, medal for distinguished conduct in the field. Queen's medal and 6 clasps. King's medal and 2 clasps). Awarded the King's Coronation medal, 1911.

In the war of 1914-18 served as Qr. Master to the 2nd Battn., and was present at all the operations in which it was engaged, which included the 1st battle of Ypres, 1914, battles of Neuve Chapelle, Festubert, Givenchy and Loos in 1915, the Somme, July to September, 1916, Arras, and 3rd battle of Ypres in 1917, St. Quentin, March and April, 1918, Ypres, April and May, Cambrai, 2nd battle of Le Cateau, Selle River and the Sambre, 1st to 11th November, 1918 (twice mentioned in despatches, bronze star and clasp, Belgian Croix de Guerre, promoted to Captain and Major, granted higher rate of pay, silver and bronze medals). O.B.E., 3rd June, 1923. Served in Ireland with 3rd Battalion during the rebellion.

"Major Pickard came to France with the 2nd Battn. and was one of the few of any rank who served continuously with it from the beginning of the war to the Armistice, and his services are not likely to be forgotten by his comrades. The rest of the staff of the Battalion was changed times without number, but Major Pickard remained a tower of strength to the many newcomers and a very present help in time of trouble to his comrades (Regtl. History of the War).

Died at Nottingham, 17th July, 1928.

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