At the outbreak of war, in 1939, Mr. Hicks was a House Master at Beal Modern teaching mathematics. The following information, provided by the Local Studies Department at the London Borough of Redbridge, describes his departure from Beal in 1942.
The Beal School logbook entry for 22nd August 1942 reads: ‘Miss Cambridge BSc has arrived today to commence duties on Monday the 24th. She has taken the place of Mr Hicks who, with Mr Cowan, has been recalled to Ilford.’ Prior to this entry, there is no mention of Mr Hicks being interviewed for another post, such matters are normally recorded. After this entry, I can find no further reference to Mr Hicks, who is not on the staff list when the school returns from evacuation. Nor is there any mention of why these two teachers were recalled to Ilford. – Pat Heron (Local Studies)
The reason for Mr Hick’s sudden departure from Beal in 1942 is not clear, however, the following information provided by the Local Studies Department pinpoints his arrival at Mayfield. ‘The minutes of the School Staffing Appointments Sub-Committee of 19th February 1945 includes a resolution that Mr. C. F. W. Hicks be appointed as Master-in-Charge of Mayfield Central Boys’ School. This followed the resignation of Mr Steer’. What Mr. Hicks was doing in the 2½ years between leaving Beal and joining Mayfield is a mystery.