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Hicks joined the army as a vet with the Royal Horse Artillery. He was involved in the Crimean War and was present at the Charge of the Light Brigade, the Alma, Sebastapol, Balaklava and Inkerman. Later, in the Indian Mutiny, he was at the relief of the Siege of Lucknow.
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