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Denis  Hickey M.C. cap badge2nd Lieutenant Denis Hickey M.C.

2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment
Service No: 7362 (Sergeant)

Denis  Hickey M.C. grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of James Hickey and Abina Hickey of 5 Doonpeter, Glenville, Cork, Ireland. Husband of Ellen Hickey (nee Collins), of 34, Bannerman St., Kilbowie Rd. Clydebank, Glasgow (listed as 627 Glasgow Rd, Clydebank in 1919). From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - 5 Doonpeter, Glenville, Cork - James Hickey aged 50, Albina Hickey aged 40, Denis Hickey aged 17, Eliza Hickey aged 15, Norah Hickey aged 12, John Hickey aged 9, David Hickey aged 8, Mary Hickey aged 6, Hanna Hickey aged 3, Ellen Hickey aged 2. From the 1911 Ireland Census - Address - 4 Doonpeter, Glenville, Cork - James Hickey aged 65, Albina Hickey aged 48, Denis Hickey aged 26, Norah Hickey aged 22, John Hickey aged 20, David Hickey aged 18, Mollie Hickey aged 15, Ellie Hickey aged 11, Bridget Hickey aged 9, James Hickey aged 5. Denis' Pension was awarded to his wife Ellen of 18 George Crescent, Radnor Park, Clydebank.

Born / Resided

Glenville, Cork / 252 Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge (previously 10 Windsor Cottage, Ballyhooley Rd, Cork)

Died

Died on the 07/11/1918 of dysentery at the 11th Casualty Clearing Station at Lille.

Enlisted

/08/1914

Employed

Farmers son

Age

32 / 05/04/1885

Buried / Remembered

St. Andre Communal Cemetery (I. A. 81), Nord, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Communal Cemetery was used by German hospitals during the greater part of the War and by No.11 Casualty Clearing Station after the British occupation of Lille. There are now over 150, 1914-18 and over 20, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.

Additional Information

Denis and the Battalion arrived at St Nazaire on the 12/09/1914 and were part of the 88th Brigade, 29th Division when Denis died of dysentery at the 11th Casualty Clearing Station at Lille 4 days before the Armistice and over 4 years after enlisting. Denis received his Commission on the 15/10/1917. He is listed as 2nd Battalion attached to 7th Battalion on his Army Register of Soldiers Effects (see photos). The Final Advance in Flanders : 28th September - 11th November 1918 : The British Second Army and Belgian Army combine and finally break out of the Ypres salient. More ground is gained in a day that in the entire Passchendaele offensive of a year before. The offensive continues through fighting in the Courtrai area and eventually well across the Scheldt. Denis' Battalion were involved in the Battle of Ypres, 28th September – 2nd October 1918 and the Battle of Courtrai, 14th – 19th October 1918 before he died. Denis was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery at the Battle of Courtrai. The London Gazette states - "He led his platoon with great gallantry and ability in the attack near Ledeghem on the 14/10/1918. Keeping his men well in hand and collecting those who had got lost in the fog he dealt with considerable opposition capturing many prisoners and machine guns. Again on the 20th October during the attack on Staceghem he did excellent work". From War Diary 14/10/1918 (7) : "Our captures were big - 14 Officers and 249 Other Ranks, 60 Machine Guns (of which "B" Company captured 48) and 11 guns of various calibres, chiefly field guns. Our casualties amounted to 2 Officers and 9 Other Ranks Killed, 5 Officers and 70 Other Ranks Wounded and 5 Other Ranks Missing". SEE PHOTOS x 23 FOR THE BATTALION WAR DIARY OCTOBER - ARMISTICE DAY 1918. Denis is also remembered on the St. Mary's Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for Denis' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his name on the Ireland Casualties of WW1 list, his name on the 1901 Ireland Census, family listed on the 1911 Ireland Census, Denis listed on the 1911 England Census, his name on the Scotland National Probate Index 1919, Denis' Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, St. Andre Communal Cemetery, Denis' Pension Record, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, the Leinster Regiment Cap Badge and the Barbers of the 2nd Battalion Leinster Regiment at work in their camp at Dickebusch after the Battle of 31 July 1917. Denis' grave inscription reads "CHRIST SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS AND THERE SHALL BE NO DEATH". Finally, see photos for a book which is named "STAND TO" A Diary of the Trenches 1915 - 1918. If any information from this 350 page book on the 2nd Battalion is required please contact myself.

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War Diaries

The battalion War Diary is available on the National Archives website.

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