Edward Percy Hicks was born at Barrackpore, India, on 16 March 1843, son of Lieutenant-General G. M. Hicks, C.B., Bengal Army. He was commissioned as an Ensign in the 42nd Foot on 24 May 1861, becoming Lieutenant in September 1865, and Captain in September 1874. He transferred to the 100th Foot (Royal Canadians) in 1876 and retired in 1880. Captain Hicks landed on the Gold Coast with the 42nd Highlanders in January 1874, and was with a detachment at Yancoomassie Fanti. Captain Hicks died at St Helier, Jersey, on 26 August 1884.
For this hard fought campaign, it is a common misconception that medals issued with no clasp were to men who saw no active service. The clasp was only issued to men who actually took part in the battle at Commassie and taking of the capital 4 days later. However much fighting took place well before this, involving men who never took part in the final advance. Casualty and Gallantry medals often seen for no clasp medals.
Condition GVF, scarce 42nd Officer medal as a large number of 42nd medals are held in the regimental museum.