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Information kindly supplied by Claude’s great niece, Leanne Bicker. Thank you

Claude Thomas Bicker was born in Carlisle, Cumbria in 1895.

By the time of the 1911 census Claude, his parents George and Nellie Bicker and his siblings had moved to 22 Cornett Road, Aintree, Liverpool.

Claude was the eldest child and had two sisters and a brother;

  • Mabel Ellen Bicker, born circa 1898
  • Gladys Hilda Bicker, born circa 1900
  • Wilfred George Bicker, born circa 1910

On 11th January 1915 Claude enlisted in the Army and was posted to the 89th Brigade Depot with the Kings Liverpool Regiment (KLR) with the number 24678. He was 20 years old and had previously been employed as a booksellers assistant.

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Claude Thomas Bicker with other men from the KLR

In July 1916, Claude’s battalion left Formby and sailed to France from Folkestone.

In a postcard to his mother, he wrote that a Colonel* of the 2nd Battalion “had been killed and the old chaps congregated in his memory and officers spoke about the old days”. Claude also mentioned that he was being posted to the 18th Battalion of the KLR.

By the time of his next letter, having been in France for about a month Claude was transferred to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and joined their 8th (Service) Battalion with the number 29979.

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Claude Thomas Bicker, now with the 8th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Private Claude Thomas Bicker was killed in action on 1st July 1917 whilst he was attached to the Machine Gun Corps. He was buried in St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery near Ypres.

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ST. QUENTIN CABARET MILITARY CEMETERY

Rank: Private
Service No: 29979
Date of Death: 01/06/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 8th Bn. attd. Machine Gun Corps
Cemetery: ST. QUENTIN CABARET MILITARY CEMETERY

* The Colonel mentioned in the letter home was possibly Lieutenant Colonel Edward Henry Trotter D.S.O. Grenadier Guards attached to the 18th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), killed in action 8th July 1916.

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One Response to 29979 PTE. C. T. BICKER. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Leanne Bicker says:

    Since posting this, and with the help of a very kind gentleman on the Great War Forum, it would appear that Claude was attached to 7th Brigade Machine Gun Corps when he died.

    The War diary confirmed that they were in the Wolverghem sector and that three men were killed and two were wounded at North Midland Farm.

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