Papers of and concerning Ernest "Bill" Hicks, president of the Civil Service Clerical Association (CSCA)

Scope and Content

Correspondence mainly concerning the dispute between the CSCA and W J Brown, Brown's statement about Hicks in the House of Commons, and Hicks's subsequent suspension from the Air Ministry and loss of the CSCA presidency.

Administrative / Biographical History

In March 1948, when Hicks was a higher clerical officer in the Air Ministry, W J Brown, the CSCA's parliamentary general secretary, identified him as a Communist during a House of Commons debate on air estimates. As a result, Hicks was suspended from his Air Ministry post and was later transferred to an equivalent post in the Ministry of Health. He also failed to be re-elected as president of the CSCA because his branch did not support him. He died in 1984 aged 83.

Reference: records in this deposit.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

These papers were deposited by Mr Hicks's widow in 1985.

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Related Material

The Centre also holds the main archive of the CSCA (later the Civil and Public Services Association) and papers of Frank Fallows, CSCA trustee and branch official.