Picking, John Alfred

Picking, John Alfred


Military History:


Regiment:                               Cavalry Regiment

Rank:                                      Private

Regimental Number:              29166

Date of Enlisting:                    7.9.1914

Date of death:                         4th quarter 1946

Cemetery/ Memorial:   

UK Cemetery/Memorial:         St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


John first joined the 8th Queen’s Own Hussars at Hitchin on 29th December 1891, Regimental Number 3429 and was transferred to the 7th Queen’s Own Hussars on 24th August 1892. John was posted to India from 3rd September 1992 until 22nd October 1895. On 23rd October 1895 he was shipped to South Africa where he fought in various battles of the Boer War. He transferred to the Army Reserve on 29th December 1898 but was recalled to the army, Regimental Number 3828, on 20th December 1899 and was again sent to South Africa where he served until 19th August 1902. John then went home on leave and was placed on the Army Reserve.

At the outbreak of WWI John enlisted again on 7th September 1914. He served with the 2nd Reserve Cavalry Regiment, Regimental Number 29166. He survived the War and died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in December 1946.

John was awarded the British South Africa Company Medal with clasp for Matabeleland, the Queen’s South Africa Medal with clasps for Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, Cape Colony and Orange Free State, the King’s Medal with stripe for South Africa 1901 and 1902.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                1st quarter 1876

Birth Place:                   Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:                    Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:                      20.2.1904


John was the eldest son of John and Caroline (nee Waldock) Picking, born at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in the 1st quarter 1876. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell and before enlisting for WWI was a farm labourer.

John married Mary Ann Rebecca Worboys at Ashwell, Hertfordshire on 20th February 1904.  They had four children, Audrey Mary born 1905, Leslie Jack born 1908, Harry Kenneth Worboys born 1911 and Vera Roberta born 1914.

John died at Ashwell, Hertfordshire in the 4th quarter 1946.


John’s brothers Harold and Ernest also served in the War and survived.


Name:John Alfred Picking
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:4th quarter 1946
Enlistment Place:Hitchin
Regiment:Reserve Cavalry Regiment
(previously Queen’s Own Hussars)
Battalion:2nd Reserve Battalion
(previously 7th Battalion, 8th Battalion)
Regimental Number:29166
3828, 3429
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:England

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