Percival John HANNEYSEE

Year of Birth:  1899

Place of Birth:  Cairns, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  9 October 1917

Date and Place of Embarkation:  18 November 1917, Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  SS Canberra

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  25th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  7072

Died:  4 July 1918


Percival John Hanneysee was born 24 November 1899 to William John Hanneysee and Isabella Frances Byrne and one of five children.  Clement Leslie born 1901, Bluebell 1906, Melba Victoria 1902 and William Thomas born in 1898 and died 1898.  William Thomas was buried in the McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery.

Percival’s father, William John, was a licensed victualler and from 1903 to 1912 the family lived on the corner of Spence and Bunda Streets Cairns.  From here they moved to Dutton Street.

In 1901 Percival’s mother was a victim of the bubonic plague and survived.

Percival John’s father died in 1932 and his mother Isabella in 1945.

At the time of his enlistment in Cairns there were conflicting ages given.  On the Attestation Paper he gave his age as 24 and year of birth as 1893, but on the ‘Description’ page his age is 18 years 10 months.  His occupation was a Labourer and his next of kin was his father William John Hanneysee, Cairns.  His height was 5 feet 9 inches, weight 140 pounds with a fair complexion, grey eyes and dark brown hair.  His religion was Roman Catholic.

Percival John also stated that he had been 5 years in the Cadet Corp and 8 months in the Citizens Forces.

On the 10 October 1917 he organized that four shillings per day be deducted from his pay and paid to his mother Isabella Frances Hanneysee of Dutton Street Cairns.

Percival John Hanneysee was killed in action on the 4 July 1918 most likely in the Battle of Hamel in which the 25th AIF Battalion took part.  He was buried in the Crucifix Corner British Cemetery, one mile south east of Villers Brettoneux


SS Canberra – photo courtesy WWI Centenary, Orange


AWM – Red Cross Wounded & Missing


Northern Herald (Cairns), 25 July 1918, p6


Cairns Post, 4 July 1919 p4


Online Resources

Photograph of the: SS Canberra, WW1 Centenary, Orange

NAA: B2455, Percival John Hanneysee, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Cairns Post 4 July 1919 p4

Northern Herald 25 July 1918 p6


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