Ernest James Nicholas Hicks (Nikko) “Hicks mi”, born 1935, attended Army House during his time a Bradfield, following in the footsteps of his father, Thomas Hicks (C 22-26), and brother, Peter Hicks (C 47-51).
He often spoke of the freezing swims in the school pool and indeed the River Pang; his preference was for the warmer activity of cross country running. He represented the College athletics team and ran for Berkshire County.
From school Nikko spent his National Service period with the King’s Royal Hussars. He then began an engineering apprenticeship with W.H. Allen. He later completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cranwell College.
From here his varied career took him to Cammell Laird Shipbuilding before transferring to the early days of computing with ICL and then Twinings Tea as a Data Processing Manager.
His son Robert Hicks also attended Bradfield (C 78-82). Sadly, Robert died in 1988 and is buried by the College Chapel. A Memorial Fund has run since that time to encourage musical individuals to travel abroad for experience working with a charity.
Nikko passed away in May 2021. He leaves his wife Jill, daughter Annabel and two grandchildren Angus and Ella.