Hankey, Thomas

Tom Hankey was the elder son of the Reverend Arthur Hankey (C1885-90) and Margaret Eugenia Hankey (sister of Evan Baillie Noel, E1892-1898), of 23 Stanston Road, Oxford. He came from Earlywood, Ascot, to his father’s old boarding house at Winchester with an Exhibition in September 1926. No athlete, because of his short sight, Hankey made his mark as a scholar. He won several school prizes and ended up with a New College Scholarship.

At Oxford he took a second in Honour Moderations and Greats, and then went as a master to St. Edward’s School, Oxford.

On the outbreak of war he was commissioned into the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and employed as an instructor with 167 OCTU in Aldershot; in 1942 he joined 6th Battalion in India as a Captain.

Hankey was killed in action in the Arakan offensive in Burma, on September 29th 1944; he was personally reconnoitring for the advance of his company when he was attacked at close quarters and killed by a grenade. He was thirty-one years old.

He was mentioned in despatches for his services in Burma in the London Gazette of April 4th 1945.  He lies in grave 5.A.10 of the Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Hankey
  • Forenames or initials: Thomas
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1926-1932
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
  • Date of Birth: 5th May 1913
  • Date of Death: 29th September 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma (now Myanmar): Grave 5.A.10