As a youth, Hickson played cricket for Northamptonshire in 1897 and 1898 in the Minor Counties Championship. He was educated at University College, London and admitted as a solicitor in 1902. He started work in London and helped build the reputation of the firm Oswald Hickson, Collier and Co..
During World War II, Hickson came to act for a number of people interned in England under Defence Regulation 18B, most famously Ben Greene, whose appeal against detention was ultimately rejected by the House of Lords in the landmark case of Liversidge v. Anderson (sic). Greene's brother, Edward, described Hickson: "He rather reminded me of a character out of Dickens; big fellow, huge fellow, hair standing all on end."
- "Player profile: Oswald Hickson". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- Who Was Who 1897-2006 (2007)
- Simpson (1992) pp356-357
- Simpson (1992) pp361, 366-367
- Simpson, A. W. B. (1992). In the Highest Degree Odious: Detention without Trial in Wartime Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-825775-9.
- Who Was Who 1897-2006 (2007) "Hickson, Oswald Squire", retrieved August 25, 2007 (subscription required)
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