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Casualty receords PO Thomas William Hickson

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Hello,

I have only just joined on here and wondering if anyone can help me.
I am researching my grt grandfather who was Stoker Petty Officer on HMAS Sydney in WW1.
His name was Thomas William Hickson 1880 -1915.
I did not know anything about him until a few months ago because he seems to be rather a mystery in our family!!
We know that he died (rather horrifically I suspect) of a burst aortic aneurism which is very rare in men under 60 (he was 35)
I have his service records and birth/death certs but other than that we know very little.
He was in British Navy 1903 - 1913 but for some reason left and joined with RAN (Australian Navy in 1913 - no 7991) leaving behind a wife with 5 children under 10 and expecting a 6th. We have no idea why he left and I really want to know how I can find a list of any casualties aboard this ship in 1915.
It could be that the aneurism was caused by an accident and I would really like to clairfy this. Surely there must be medical records of sailors injured on ships?
The other mystery is that we have no photos of him whatsoever. He is on Roll of Honour and buried at Gosport Naval Cemetery. We have photos of his wife and children but not him. This is odd since he is supposed to have died a hero?!!
Thanks,

Adrienne.
 
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Hi,

Thanks for these responses.
I found the Darby Med Officer report extremely interesting. Not for the sqeamish is it? Must have been terrible.
No mention of TWH so I think I can assume that he was not injured in this particular conflict.
On his death cert it says he died of a "ruptured aortic aneurism 4 1/2 months"
If it was caused by an accident the most likely time would have been late June time in 1915. Does anyone know of any other conflicts at this time involving HMAS Sydney? and where I might track down further casualties?
Many thanks.
Adrienne.
 
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Thanks,
So interesting.
Are there any more medical reports for subsequent conflicts with HMAS Sydney? I think if he was injured it would have been late June 1915.
Thanks.
Adrienne.
 
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Hi
We now know that TWH was taken back to Gossport from Bermuda on HMS Berwick in OCT 1915 where he died very shortly after. Does anyone know anything abaout this ship? I can't find anything.

Thanks
Adrienne.
 
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