Thomas Hankey was the son of Mrs C Hankey, of Irishtown, Dublin, Irish Republic. He enlisted into the Royal Sussex Regiment, and volunteered for airborne forces.
Rifleman Hankey successfully completed glider training and was posted to 1st (Airborne) Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles, and took part in Operation Overlord (Normandy).
Rfmn Hankey was killed in action on 7 June 1944, aged 26, and was given a field burial at Chicheboville and was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France, on 3 August 1945.
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