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Hickey, John Joseph (1699)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 21 years 7 months

Enlistment Details: Wednesday, 16 February 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 1699            view online service record

240 Ross Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
John Patrick Hickey (father)
240 Ross Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 4 April 1916
Ship: HMAT Euripides A14
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion – 2nd Reinforcements

Died: Sunday, 27 January 1918
Place: Edgy Curragh Military Hospital, Ireland

Private, 60 Infantry, died of accidental injuries 27 January, 1918, aged 23, commemorated Bridgetown Catholic Churchyard, County Clare, Munster, Ireland.

Father: John Patrick Hickey, born Port Melbourne. He enlisted as a 21-year-old merchant seaman with his father as next of kin, 246 Ross Street. Hickey died in Edgy Curragh Military Hospital in Dublin, Ireland after a train accident while on leave, 27 January, 1918. He was found lying on railway tracks on the eve of his death and had both his right arm and leg amputated to no avail. His Red Cross file suggests his body was claimed by an uncle and buried in a family plot. No circular returned.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 14, 2017 2.36 pm 0Likes

    “Pte. Hickey was admitted to this Hospital on 26th January 1918 suffering from compound fracture of the Humerus, Ulna and Radius, skull and nose having been found lying on the railway line between Tallins and Graffan. county Kildare. He was conveyed at all speed to Hospital where it was found necessary to perform an operation, amputation of right arm and leg necessary. Patient rallied fairly well but the shock was too great and he passed away at 6 p.m. on the 27th January, 1918 … (O.C., Military Hospital, Curragh)

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