Tales of valour
HICKMAN Samuel, (Private)
13th Battalion Tank Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Pontruet on September 24th 1918.
Private Hickman acted as a gunner of a tank in action and, although wounded and slightly gassed, he refused to be relieved and kept his gun in action, inflicting severe casualties upon the enemy.
Later, when the tank received a direct hit which blew away a portion of the petrol piping, although heavy artillery and machine-gun fire was concentrated on the tank, Private Hickman, with another man, volunteered to get out and fill the petrol tin from the petrol tank by means of a hand pump. This gallant act enabled the tank commander to get the tank back to the rallying point.
Private Hickman showed exceptional courage and coolness throughout the action.