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Hickley, Henry Dennis, Admiral, (1826-1903)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 HIK/1-6

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Hickley, Henry Dennis, Admiral, (1826-1903)

Date(s): [1842-1892]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 1 box, 6 items

Name of creator(s): Hickley | Henry Dennis | 1826-1903 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Admiral Henry Dennis Hickley was born in 1826 and served for almost fifty years in the British Navy and Admiralty. He served as a Lieutenant on H.M.S. Diadem; was Commander on H.M.S. Hope and Her Majesty's Steam Ship Gladiator; and became Captain of H.M.S. Princess Royal, Adventure, Royal Adelaide, Jamar, Hotspur, Endymion, and Impregnable between 1864 and 1878. Promoted to Rear Admiral of the Fleet on 24th January 1880, he was subsequent elevated to Vice-Admiral in June 1886, becoming an Admiral on the Retired List from 5th April 1892. Admiral Hickley was married to Mary Hickley and was the father of Lieutenant John Dennis Hickley, whose papers are also contained in the collection. Admiral Hickley died in 1903 at the age of 77, his son having predeceased him


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Admiral Henry Dennis Hickley, consisting of two short diaries and a watch bill from H.M.S. Diadem; appointment papers detailing the rise of Henry Dennis Hickley from Ordinary Seaman in 1857 to Admiral of Her Majesty's Fleet by 1892; Navy pay records and statements of service; letters and telegraphs between Hickley and the Admiralty from 1869 to 1890; and a small number of documents relating to the domestic life of the Hickleys between 1842 and 1888. The address book of his wife, Mrs. H.D. Hickley, also features in the collection


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Hickley collection was presented to the National Maritime Museum by Rev. Dennis Hickley of Plater College, Oxford on 6th July 1982.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jul 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26


Personal names
Hickley | Henry Dennis | 1826-1903 | Admiral

Corporate names