(Service number 56502)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 1 December 1875 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Manners Street, Wellington
Occupation Billiardist
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs J. BURBOROUGH (sister), North Road, Papanui, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, G Company
Date 15 August 1917
Transport Ruahine
Embarked From Destination Glasgow, Scotland
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 19 January 1943 Age 67 years
Place of Death Napier
Memorial or Cemetery Island Park Cemetery, Napier
Memorial Reference Block 23A, Plot 27
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Henry Hickey was born on 1 December 1875 at Timaru, the son of Daniel and Mary Anne (Annie, née Murray) Hickey. Daniel and Annie had married in 1861 at Brixton, Surrey, England. In 1871 Daniel was a labourer at Thornton Heath, Surrey, three young sons with him – 7 year old Daniel, 5 year old George and 3 year old Thomas. Annie, meanwhile, was with her in-laws at Wandsworth, Surrey, with 1 year old daughter, Alice. Soon after Daniel, Annie and some or all their children have come to New Zealand, where Mary was born in 1872. There followed Henry in 1876, James in 1878 and Annie in 1881. Henry and his brother James were educated at Timaru Main School. Daniel Hickey was a butcher, or butcher-boy, at Timaru as of 1882. Mrs Annie Hickey, of Sandietown, who gave assistance to a woman victim of a stabbing in 1885, was rewarded financially. It may have been Daniel Hickey junior who was killed by a fall of earth in a small cutting on the Rangitira railway works near Hunterville on 9 March 1892.

Mrs Annie Hickey died tragically on 16 November 1897 at Napier, when she was swept into the sea as she bathed her feet. She was buried in the Napier Old Cemetery. Daniel Hickey died in 1915 and was buried at Timaru. Alice Hickey married John Francis Burborough on 1 December 1887 at St Mary’s, Timaru, Alice being under age. Presumably Thomas Hickey, who was a witness, was her brother. Alice was named by Henry as his next-of-kin – Mrs J. Burborough (sister), North Road, Papanui, Christchurch.

Rifleman Henry Hickey embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 15 August 1917. Hickey embarked for the return to New Zealand per the “Tahiti” on 27 May 1919 at London. Henry Hickey died on 19 January 1943 at Napier, aged 67 years and unmarried. He was buried at Park Island Cemetery, Napier, his brother James with him. His estate was administered by the Public Trustee. Henry’s nephew, William Henry Burborough, also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [28 January 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [28 January 2021]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [28 January 2021]; Park Island Cemetery, Napier, burial record & headstone transcription [28 January 2021]; UK census returns for 1871 ( [28 January 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [28 January 2021]; Evening Star, 17 November 1897, Hastings Standard, 17 November 1897, Timaru Herald, 20 November 1917 (Papers Past) [28 January 2021]; St Mary’s Timaru marriage record [29 January 2021]

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