Henry William Chick

Date of birth:  1872
Place of birth:  Northam, Southampton
Service No.:  3/4560
Rank:  Private
Regiment / Division:  Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:  1st battalion
Died: 13th May 1915 aged 43 years
Death location:  Hill 60, Ypres

Military Service
From his entry in the national roll of the great war we know that “having served as a territorial in the 2nd Hampshire Regiment prior to the war he volunteered in September 1914 and was speedily drafted to the western Front. He took part in much heavy fighting in this seat of operations and was killed in action at the battle of Hill 60 on May 13th 1915.”
Hill 60, located around three miles south-east of Ypres, was made from the spoil removed during the construction of the railway line nearby. Because it was a small area of elevated land in a flat landscape, it obviously had strategic importance in the battles in the Salient. It was finally taken by the British on the 28th of September 1918.

He was posthumously awarded the Victory medal, the British medal and 1914 Star medal in recognition of his services to his country and is inscribed on the cenotaph at Southampton “lest we forget” and on Panel 35 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial.

The 1914 bronze Star campaign medal of the British Empire was awarded for service in World War One between 5th August 1914 to midnight on 22nd November 1914 inclusive. Recipients of this medal were responsible for assisting the French to hold back the German army while new recruits could be trained and equipped. Also known as the Mons Star. This medal was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Pip’.

The silver British War Medal was awarded for service in World War One. Also called the British Empire campaign medal, it was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Squeak’.

The bronze Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal was awarded to those who received the British War Medal. This medal was sometimes irreverently referred to as ‘Wilfred’.

Life before the war
Henry William Chick was born in 1872 the first son of John Chick shoemaker born in 1844 in Chard Somerset and Mary Elizabeth (maiden name not known) born in 1851 Guernsey.  Their marriage was registered in Chard district 1876 vol5c page657.
The total number of children born to this couple is unknown.  The following  are confirmed from parish records:

  1. Henry William was born in 1872
  2. Charles Edward was born in 1875. In 1904 he married Ellen Rosina Ward and was employed as a painters labourer at the Royal mail steam packet Company.
  3.  Ada was born n 1877. in 1906 she married William John Legg (1882-1973). They had 6 children. Ada Legg died on 30th April 1956
  4.  Nellie was born in 1880. In 1900 she married Henry Hooper.
  5.  Frank William was born on 22nd August 1883. In 1907 he married Maggie May Rogers (1886-1956). He died in 1962.
  6.  Ronald was born in 1886. In 1907 he married Florence Ada Holloway and was employed as a municipal stationary engine driver.

In 1881 aged 9 Henry Chick is visiting his widowed grandmother Elizabeth Chick at 3 Berthelot Street, St peter Port, Geurnsey whilst his parents are living at 14 Albert Street, Southampton with 4 children. Father John Chick is employed as a bootmaker, an occupation he maintained throughout his whole life. He may have been trained by his father Henry Chick.
In 1891 the family lived at 11 Parsonage Road, where he lived out the rest of his life, Henry aged 19 was employed as a milk dairyman.
In 1901 William Henry was lodging at the home of widow Jane Saunders at 21 Earls Road employed as a waterman Colleor show? (enumerators handwriting is quite poor).
His widowed father and siblings were at 11 Parsonage Road.
In 1911 Henry William is single and living at 17 Earls Road employed as a timber porter.
His father was at 11 Parsonage Road, with his daughter Nellie and her newly wed husband also living with him.
At the time of being notified of his death in 1915 his father was still living at 11 Parsonage Road, Northam, Southampton.

His mother Mary Elizabeth Chick had died aged 49 in 1899.
His father John died in 1915 aged 72.

Researched by DHW – March 2013.  If you have any more information about the above named person, or any other name listed on this website or Southampton’s Cenotaph, please email Southampton.cenotaph@hotmail.co.uk, or telephone 023 8086 9599 and we will contact you.  Many thanks.

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