17th April 1952

Death of the Vicar General of the Channel Islands

Monsignor Thomas Grant Hickey, who died on 17 April 1952, was appointed Vicar-General of the Channel Islands throughout the occupation. Following liberation, he maintained a keen interest in Guernsey politics, in which he had been deeply involved for the previous 30 years.

Hickey was appointed to Our Lady Star of the Sea, St Sampson, in 1916 upon the death of his predecessor, Canon Franklin. Soon after, he stood for election to the States of Deliberation. There, he won a vote for the States to pay the full salaries of all teachers in non-States schools. Shortly after, the States also started paying rent on the Catholic schools in which the children were educated.

Birth and education

Monsignor Hickey was born in Guernsey on 21 August 1877. He attended Elizabeth College before graduating to Oscott College in Birmingham. He completed his education in Rome, where he attended the English College.

He is still remembered beyond the island. The Diocese of Portsmouth, under which the Channel Islands’ churches are administered, says prayers for him every year on 20 March.


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Other events that occured in April

Guernsey’s first female murderer goes on trial 1st
A French fisherman is arrested and escorted to St Peter Port 2nd
Guernsey’s new population law comes into force 3rd
Guernsey’s oldest resident dies, aged 110 4th
An occupation-era minefield is discovered at L’Ancresse 5th
Birth of Stone de Croze, the original Guernseyman 6th
The first ever Guernsey stamp is issued 7th
Antiquarian William Collings Lukis was born 8th
Guernsey hosts its first Parkrun at Pembroke 9th
Alderney residents lined the coast to watch Titanic pass 10th
Norfolk pupils spend a week in Guernsey 11th
A plane hit a car while landing at Guernsey Airport 12th
Battery Mirus was test fired for the first time 13th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry fights at Ypres 14th
Guernsey Mormon Sampson Avard dies in Illinois 15th
Lieutenant Governor, Lord Ruthven, died in Bath 16th
Death of the Vicar General of the Channel Islands 17th
TV’s Jeeves is rushed to hospital on Guernsey 18th
Guernsey Airport’s new terminal opened for business 19th
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie film opened 20th
Death of Guernsey-born footballer Len Duquemin
Three Jewish women are deported from Guernsey 21st
Guernsey bigamist got married for the second time 22nd
Aurigny pilot Ray Bowyer spots a UFO near Alderney 23rd
The States of Guernsey registers the gov.gg domain 24th
Guernsey-set film The Sea Devils hits cinemas 25th
Hydrofoil Condor 1 completed its final sea trials 26th
The first Muratti football match takes place 27th
Guernsey passengers stage a ferry sit-in 28th
Guernsey abolishes the death penalty for murder 29th
Finishing touches put to new hospital 30th
Murder suspects steal visitor’s boat from St Peter Port