530073 Corporal Frederick Hickman, M.M. Canadian Corps of Military Police

Corporal Frederick Hickman MM


Canadian Corps of Military Police


Frederick was born at Elston on 26th May 1882 and was baptised at All Saints on 25th June 1882. His mum and dad were John and Jane Hickman.


Frederick’s dad John Hickman was born in Elston in about 1848 and he was the son of an agricultural labourer.


Frederick’s mum Jane Hickman (nee Sanderson) was born in East Stoke in 1850 and was baptised at St Oswald’s on 4th August 1850.


Frederick’s mum and dad were married at All Saints Elston on 23rd June 1873.


In the census of 1881 Frederick’s dad is described as a ‘joiner and carpenter’.


Sadly in November 1886 Frederick’s natural father John dies aged 37, John Hickman was buried at All Saints on 17 November 1886. John’s widow Jane is left with four children, , William who is 11 years old, Frances and she is eight years old Frederick who is aged 4 years and John (junior) born in January1886.


Jane clearly needs stability to ensure the upbringing of her children and she remarries in 1887 to the then Elston Methodist preacher John Williamson.


In the census of 1891 we see that Frederick is aged eight years and a scholar (education was not generally free) his step dad John Wilkinson is described as ‘wheelwright and local Methodist preacher’, there are two new additions to the family now – Samuel Wilkinson aged 3 and Edith Mary Wilkinson aged 1 year.


In the census of 1901 we see that Frederick is now aged 18 and described as ‘wheelwright’ , his mum is described as ‘dressmaker’ , his step dad is described still as ‘wheelwright’. Fredericks older brother William is no longer living at his mums house – we find William again in 1916 in Alberta Canada.


In 1903 Frederick’s mum dies aged 53 years.


At some point Frederick decides to go to Canada. We know that while he is in Canada he marries Lucy Craddock on 29th October 1907 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.