James HICKEY MM

HICKEY, James

Service Numbers: 757, 757C
Enlisted: 29 December 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Morpeth, New South Wales, 27 September 1899
Home Town: Forest Hill, Lockyer Valley, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Accidental (struck by a train), Toowoomba, Queensland, 1 July 1928, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Laidley Cemetery, Qld
Memorials: Forest Hill War Memorial, Laidley Memorial Park Gates
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World War 1 Service

29 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 757, Brisbane, Queensland
21 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 757, 12th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Nov 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 757, 12th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
24 Jan 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 9th Infantry Battalion
2 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 757C, 9th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Death of Mr. J. Hickey.- After lingering for eight days, Mr. J. Hickey, who was severely injured when he was struck by a goods train on Friday night, June 22, passed away at St. Vincents Hospital, Toowoomba, at 4 o'clock on Sunday morning. The body was conveyed to Laidley and the remains were interled in the Laidley Cemeterly this afternoon. Mr. Hickey was a married man, and the sincerest sympathy is felt for his wife and two children in their sad loss.

Late Mr. Hickey.- The funeral of the late Mr. James Hickey took place at Laldley on Monday. The procession moved from St. Patrick's R.C. Church, where a memorial service was conducted by Rev. Father Hayes, who also offlciated at the burial service. The remains were interred in the Laldley Cemetery. The cortege was one of the largest that has been seen in the district, relatives and friends throughout the district and other centres being in attendance. A large number of returned soldiers marched beside the hearse, several of whom acted as pall-bearers. The scene at the graveside was sad and touching, as the late Mr. Hickey was highly respected throughout the district by all who knew him. He was the second eldest son of Mr. J. M. and the late Mrs. Hickey, sen. He leaves a wife, two children, four brothers, and a sister to mourn their loss.

In the Great War, Mr. Hickey served with honour with the A.I.F., in France, and was awarded the Military Medal. Mr. Hickey came to Forest Hill with his parents over 20 years ago, and with the exception of his absence at the war, has resided here since. He took an active interest in rugby, and un till a few years ago was a prominent footballer of the Forest Hill Club. His brothers are Messrs. J. M. Hickey Jun., Castle Creek, Dawson Valley; T. Hickey, Rockhampton; M. Hickey, Brisbane; F. Hickey, Toowoomba; and his sister is Miss M. Hickey, Brisbane." - from the Queensland Times 04 Jul 1928 (nla.gov.au)

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